The results are still trickling in about 90 minutes after polls closed tonight. So far, we’ve only had a few precincts report. We’re keeping an eye on several races tonight. One of those is in the U.S. Senate, where Lindsey Graham is hoping to stave off six Republican challengers. Graham needs 50 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff. He’s currently at 64 percent of the vote with a lot of precincts to go. State Senator Lee Bright is in second with 13 percent. None of the other challengers are in double digits.
In the Republican lieutenant governor’s race, former Attorney General Henry McMaster has more than twice as many votes as the next closest candidate Charleston real estate developer Pat McKinney. McMaster said Monday that he is expecting a runoff in this race. The winner on the GOP side will face State Rep. Bakari Sellers of Bamberg.
Turnout was low today, and that frustrated many candidates in the State Education Superintendent race, including Republican Molly Spearman. With less than ten percent of precincts reporting, Spearman’s 18 percent is second in the GOP race behind Sally Atwater’s 27 percent. On the Democratic side, it’s Florence teaching activist Sheila Gallagher and former SC State education dean Tom Thompson separated by a percentage point.
Here is our latest update from Matt Long: