In a relatively quiet primary, incumbent Republican congressmen Mark Sanford and Mick Mulvaney easily captured their party’s nominations.
Sanford defeated state Rep. Jenny Horne of Summerville in the 1st Congressional District with about 56 percent of the vote in all six counties in the district, including a 300-vote victory in Horne’s home Dorchester County.
Horne attracted national attention a year ago when she gave an impassioned speech calling for the removal of the Confederate flag on the Statehouse grounds in Columbia.
In the 5th District, Mulvaney easily turned back Ray Craig of Lake Wylie with almost 80 per cent of the vote.
In the only other congressional primary, Arik Bjorn of Columbia and Phil Black of Lexington appear to be headed to a Democratic runoff in the 2nd District.
After all precincts reported, Bjorn held just a 49-vote lead, well within the 1 percent required for a recount.
The winner there faces longtime incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson and a third-party candidate in November.
One of Gov. Nikki Haley’s same party foes and incumbent target fared well in Tuesday’s primary. Haley endorsed one of State Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman’s, R-Florence, opponent. Leatherman beat back both of them narrowly escaping a runoff. There is no Democrat in the race, so Leatherman will be the only candidate for that seat on the ballot.
Republican voters in state Senate District 12 will once again be headed to the polls in two weeks as the primary there is headed to a runoff. Jay Harper reports.
Incumbent Sen. Lee Bright and former state Rep. Scott Talley, topped the field of four candidates and will face one another in a June 28 runoff after Bright won about 38 percent of the votes and Talley collecting about 27 percent in Tuesday’s primary.
District 15 Sen. Wes Hayes lost his re-election bid to York County GOP Chairman Wes Climer, whom Haley backed. Climer had about 52 percent of the vote over Hayes, who was first elected to the House in 1984, then the Senate in 1991.