CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - One of the first races called tonight was for Lindsey Graham who won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.
Graham faced three challengers: Duke Buckner, Michael Lapierre and Joe Reynolds. Graham will appear on the November ballot against democratic candidate Jaime Harrison.
Nancy Mace won the Republican nomination for U.S. House in South Carolina’s 1st congressional district, according to the Associated Press. Mace faced Kathy Landing, Chris Cox, and Brad Mole in Tuesday’s Primary.
She will face Rep. Joe Cunningham in the election.
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Other winners included L.C. Knight who was re-elected for Dorchester County sheriff, according to unofficial results released by the county. He faced Mike Turner in Tuesday’s election.
Tuesday’s primary also narrowed down nine candidates for Colleton County sheriff to two candidates.
Alyssa Bodison and Buddy Hill were the winners for the Democratic and Republican primaries and will face each other in November’s election to replace former Sheriff R.A Strickland.
This primary promised to be different in terms of the number of people actually voting in-person because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Based on the numbers late Tuesday afternoon, South Carolina has tripled the previous record of absentee ballots cast for a statewide primary.
More than 182,000 absentee ballots were issued across the state for this primary, compared with the previous record of 60,000. While we aren’t likely to break the overall record, election officials say we could break the record for percentage of ballots cast by absentee, but that will depend on how many people show up at the polls.
At least check in the Tri-County area, Charleston County had 19,603 absentee votes while Berkeley County had 6,269 and Dorchester County had 5,100. Dorchester County election officials said this is the largest by-mail turnout in a Dorchester County primary, about five times more than in a normal primary.
Some voters may have faced a challenge in finding their polling place. About 250 polling places across the state, and about 50 or so in Lowcountry counties, had to be changed. Most of those changes were because of concerns about the coronavirus, although in some cases, state election officials said a shortage of poll managers would likely force some counties to consolidate polling locations.
In the Lowcountry, Charleston County had the most, with changes made to polling place locations in 20 precincts.