State Politics

Heartbeat abortion ban may finally pass in South Carolina

A committee in the South Carolina General Assembly is set to take the first in a series of votes on a fetal heartbeat bill.

  City approves resolution condemning groups that divide, incite hatred

SC lawmakers play a large role in impeachment discussion

  State law enforcement preparing for possible armed protests at SC capitol

’Platforms should never pick winners and losers’: Scott responds to Twitter following Trump ban

Nancy Mace signs letter urging Biden to halt impeachment efforts

Trump administration invests $16 million towards high-speed broadband in rural South Carolina

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Trump pushes Pence to ‘do the right thing,’ reject Electoral College vote

  Sen. Tim Scott will not oppose effort to overturn presidential election

Senator Lindsey Graham voices concerns about election commission proposal

3 congressmen from SC to object to Electoral College certification

  Scott posts Facebook photo as he receives COVID-19 vaccine

  State lawmakers prepare for S.C. statewide mask mandate fight

Mace says Congress shouldn’t be first in line for vaccine

South Carolina Representative-Elect Nancy Mace posted a series of tweets about why she believes U.S. Congress should not be some of the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

  U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina says he has COVID-19

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson is the latest member of South Carolina’s congressional delegation to test positive for the coronavirus.

  Longtime S.C., National Democratic Party leader Don Fowler dies at 85

Longtime South Carolina and National Democratic Party leader, Don Fowler, has passed away at the age of 85.

Biden names SC’s Jim Clyburn to chair inaugural committee

President-elect Joe Biden is naming some of his most prominent allies to be co-chairs for his upcoming Inauguration.

  S.C. House members return to Statehouse this week

  Charleston sheriff responds to email exchange between asst. sheriff, sheriff-elect

Campaign photographer for President Trump running for Myrtle Beach mayor

  Nancy Mace talks transition, new hires and orientation on Capitol Hill

  S.C. Republican lawmakers show support for election fraud investigation

‘He is dead correct’: SC Republicans support Pres. Trump not conceding

S.C. Republicans call for legislation to ‘address irregularities in federal elections’

Republican members of the South Carolina House Congressional Delegation holding a briefing Tuesday afternoon “to address irregularities in federal elections,” a release stated.

  Sanford on presidential election: Trump will ‘fight this thing out to the end’

Former First District Congressman and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said Monday he expects a “prolonged” legal battle on the road to final results of the 2020 presidential race.

Mayor John Tecklenburg releases statement about election results

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg made a statement about what he plans to do locally in response to Joe Biden being declared President-elect.

South Carolina lawmakers react to projected Biden-Harris victory

Clyburn hit the network airwaves yesterday in response to the news.

SCGOP: ‘The election is not over’

The South Carolina Republican Party released a statement on the state of the presidential race in response to Joe Biden being declared President-elect.

Sen. Graham vows to follow-up on affidavit from Penn. postal worker alleging election fraud

Graham says he will look into the allegations in the affidavit, but they have not been substantiated at this time.

Associated Press: Joe Biden wins Presidency

The Associated Press declares Joe Biden the winner of the presidency against current President Donald Trump.

  Dorchester County recounting votes in School District 2 race Saturday

Dorchester County election officials say they are still recounting ballots in the Dorchester County School District 2 school board race.

  Rep.-Elect Mace: ‘I’m deeply humbled' by victory in U.S. House race

Rep.-Elect Nancy Mace said she had a dream, set goals, worked hard and achieved it, becoming the first Republican woman elected to Congress in the state of South Carolina.

SC election officials take next steps to wrap up election results; recounts and runoffs expected

In South Carolina, when the difference between any winning candidate and any other non-winning candidate is 1% or less of the total votes cast a recount is mandatory.

  Mace celebrates projected U.S. House race victory

State Rep. Nancy Mace, the projected winner of the First District Congressional Race in South Carolina, thanked voters and supporters Wednesday morning.

  Colleton Co. sheriff-elect on victory: ‘We have a lot of trust to rebuild’

The man who worked his way through the ranks under seven Colleton County sheriffs to claim victory says his election win was humbling.

  Cannon concedes Charleston Co. Sheriff’s race to Graziano

Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon, who has served in that position for 32 years, told reporters Wednesday morning it has been “the honor of his life” to serve as the sheriff of Charleston County.

Cunningham says he will not concede election until every ballot counted

Joe Cunningham’s office has released a statement saying he will not cede the election to challenger Nancy Mace until all ballots are counted.

  Dorchester County to resume count after mail-in ballot printing error

Dorchester County election officials say they have discovered a printing error on mail-in ballots that will delay the counts.

  Trump wins S.C., Graham, Clyburn reelected; Vote counting continues

The official winners in South Carolina so far on Election Night include President Donald Trump, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn.

  Graham wins reelection over Harrison in U.S. Senate race

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham has been re-elected defeating Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison in South Carolina’s most expensive Senate contest.

Reinstated witness requirement cause more than 2,500 ballots to be tossed in South Carolina

State Election Commission spokesman Chris Whitmire reported this information to NBC News Monday evening.

Graham, Harrison make final pitch to voters as Senate race comes to an end

In the final hours of the race that’s been called one of the most competitive, statewide races in South Carolina history, Harrison framed the race as a chance for voters to usher in a “new South.”

  Democratic candidates spend final weekend push in Lowcounty

Speakers included the two candidates as well as house majority whip Jim Clyburn and state representative JA Moore.

  Graham makes final Saturday campaign stop in Charleston

Tomorrow, Harrison will be in the Lowcountry while Graham will make stops in Beaufort and Aiken counties

Rep. Joe Cunningham and Rep. Tom Reed to host virtual COVID-19 town hall

Rep. Joe Cunningham’s office says they will host a bipartisan virtual town hall and COVID-19 discussion with the Co-Chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus, Rep. Tom Reed.

Election 2020: Voting in South Carolina

Governor Henry McMaster signed a bill to allow all voters to cast absentee ballots due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Multiple agencies providing free rides to the polls in SC

According to a Pew Research Center study, more than 7 million Americans say they did not vote in the 2016 presidential election because of transportation issues.

Federal judge rules SC ballots cannot be rejected for mismatched signatures

The ruling also requires that all ballots that were previously rejected for signature-related issues be reviewed.

WATCH: Vice President Mike Pence campaigns in the Upstate

Before the vice president spoke, Gov. Henry McMaster and Sen. Lindsey Graham addressed the crowd.

Federal judge rules SC ballots cannot be rejected for mismatched signatures

The ruling also requires that all ballots that were previously rejected for signature-related issues be reviewed and re-processed by the state.

  Rotary Club to host U.S. Rep. forum with Cunningham, Mace

The Rotary Club of Charleston says they will host a live US Representative Candidate Forum with Representative Joe Cunningham and challenger Nancy Mace.

Company providing free rides to the polls for Charleston residents

A company is gearing up to provide a free ride to the polls for Charleston residents without transportation.

Vice President Mike Pence to hold campaign rally in South Carolina on Tuesday

Campaign officials say all attendees “will be given a temperature check, masks which they are instructed to wear, and access to hand sanitizer.”

Harrison votes early in Columbia, discusses early voting process

After casting his vote, he will speak with press regarding the early voting process and the importance of voting in the 2020 General Election.

Harrison, Graham host campaign events in South Carolina

Campaign officials say more than 250 cars came to a drive-in rally for Jamie Harrison at the bend in North Charleston.

Graham hosts rally in Columbia as Senate race reaches the final stretch

Election forecasters including the Cook Political Report and Real Clear Politics have called the race between Graham and his challenger, former S.C. Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison, a “toss-up.”

  Graham denies wrongdoing in Senate ethics complaint debate

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said he believes he did not commit a Senate ethics violation when he appealed for campaign dollars within a federal building while speaking with reporters on Capitol Hill.

New poll: Graham pulls ahead of Harrison in senate race

A poll from Morning Consult released Tuesday morning shows incumbent U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham taking a lead over challenger Jaime Harrison.

Sumter physician featured in ‘One Vote’ documentary after registering thousands to vote

In the film, Dr. Williams is one of just five people being recognized for their roles during Election Day, 2016.

CofC Virtual Town Halls to feature 1st Congressional district candidates

The College of Charleston is hosting virtual town halls featuring candidates for the state’s 1st Congressional District race.

Senate candidate Jaime Harrison breaks national fundraising record

Jaime Harrison for U.S. Senate announced it beat the record for the highest quarterly amount raised by a U.S. Senate candidate in American history.

  Police: Rep. Nancy Mace’s car vandalized, keyed

Officers say they first responded to a call from Mace at 2:03 p.m. Tuesday in the Bowman Road Nordstrom Rack parking lot. Police say the words “F*** YOU” were scratched into the driver’s side back passenger door along with a long scratch on the driver’s door.

Spending and schedules differ widely for Graham, Harrison in last stretch of campaign

In the final stretch before the November election, Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison are using constrasting styles to get their respective messages heard.

WATCH: Graham and Harrison face off in first debate

Incumbent Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham faces Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison in a key race that could aid Democrats' efforts to flip the Senate.

  S.C.’s first Senate debate highlights differences between Graham and Harrison

Saturday’s first debate matched incumbent Lindsey Graham and his democratic challenger Jaime Harrison for a seat in the Senate.

U.S. Sen. Graham squares off against Dem. Harrison in Columbia debate

In one of the most-closely-watched races in the nation, incumbent Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham faces Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison in a key race that could aid Democrats' efforts to flip the Senate.

SC officials file emergency request to require witness signatures on absentee ballots

This doesn't mean witness signatures are back on the ballot, but now the appeal goes to the Supreme Court.

S.C. officials file emergency request to require witness signatures on absentee ballots

The new emergency request does not mean witness signatures are back on the ballot, but now the appeal goes to the Supreme Court.

McMaster signs bill to support S.C. firefighters diagnosed with cancer

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed a bill into law Tuesday that will support firefighters who are diagnosed with cancer, according to Midway Fire Rescue.

  After another reversal, witness signatures won’t be required on S.C. absentee-by-mail ballots

South Carolina State Election Commission officials say another court ruling means voters casting an absentee ballot by mail will not need a witness signature on their ballot.

  ’Save Our Stages’ Act introduced to help live music and performing arts venues

Millions of dollars have been lost when it comes to the performing arts and music scene in the Lowcountry because of the Coronavirus Pandemic.

  Judge rules witness signatures required on mail-in ballots

South Carolinians voting absentee by mail must now have their signatures on ballot return envelopes witnessed after the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday issued an order reversing a lower court’s ruling.

  SC Election Commission works to update electronic poll books

The S.C. Election Commission will be rolling out new state-wide electronic poll books, just in time for the November Election.

  LIVE 5 ALERT DESK: AARP talks about voting concerns for seniors including safety, deadlines and guidelines.

AARP says they are committed to making sure Americans age 50-plus can vote safely during the pandemic and have their voices heard.

Georgetown County sees surge in poll workers

This year the training includes the usual election instructions as well as special coronavirus training.

S.C. teachers group calls for use of personal day Wednesday for protest

The group SC for ED encouraged teachers across the state to take a personal day Wednesday to take part in a virtual protest over Facebook.

Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day

If you have not registered to vote in November’s election, you’re running out of time.

Vulgar, offensive tweets surface from two of Jaime Harrison’s campaign staffers

Harrison is running against incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham in a close race.

Quinnipac poll shows Graham, Harrison in tie in U.S. Senate race

A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows incumbent U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in a tie with challenger and former South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison.

Sen. Graham, challenger Harrison to debate three times in October

Graham’s campaign announced Saturday that the debates would be spread out through the month of October.

  Town councilman resigns after post of Hillary Clinton in blackface

A Moncks Corner town councilman resigned Wednesday afternoon after apologizing for a Facebook post depicting former Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton in blackface.