Voters in the Pee Dee on Tuesday decided to promote State Rep. Ronnie Sabb, D-Greeleyville, sending the second-term South Carolina House member to the state Senate.
Sabb took 58.7 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s Democratic runoff election for Senate District 32, eclipsing Kingstree attorney Sam Floyd’s 41.3 percent.
District 32 centers around Williamsburg County, but also includes western Georgetown County and slivers of Florence, Berkeley, and Horry counties.
The seat was held for 22 years by State Sen. Yancey McGill before McGill resigned to become lieutenant governor earlier this summer. Since no Republicans have entered the race, the winner of the Democratic primary will almost certainly take the seat in November.
It was a come-from-behind victory for Sabb. The Williamsurg County attorney had more than 1,100 fewer votes than Floyd in the initial September 2 Democratic primary. But he took advantage of higher turnout from two weeks ago, going from 3,485 total votes in the primary to 9,639 in Tuesday’s runoff. Floyd’s total votes also increased, but not nearly as much.
Sabb, a former assistant solicitor and general counsel at Santee Cooper power utility, has served in the House for 4 years.
His victory means another special election is now required for Sabb’s seat in the House. Elections officials say that special election will likely occur in early 2015.