While there are primaries in only three of South Carolina’s seven U.S. congressional districts Tuesday, there are a number of races to watch in the state Senate, where Republican Gov. Nikki Haley is trying to oust several of its GOP leaders.
Those in Haley’s crosshairs include Senate President Pro Tempore Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence; Sen. Luke Rankin, R-Horry; and Sen. Wes Hayes, R-York.
Others facing tough challenges include Senate Judiciary Chairman Larry Martin, R-Pickens, whose opponents include a former member of the state House.
State Sen. Lee Bright, R-Spartanburg, who faces three challengers, is the only incumbent publicly opposed by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. The business group’s Good Government Committee is running radio ads against him.
In Charleston, former Democratic State Sen. Robert Ford, who was convicted of misconduct in office and ethics violations, faces an uphill battle in trying to win his seat back from incumbent State Sen. Marlon Kimpson, D-Charleston.
All polls across the state are open until 7pm.