Lindsey Graham has easily won the Republican primary tonight. The senior senator needed 50 percent of the vote to avoid another election in two weeks. He’s currently at 60 percent with more than half of all precincts reporting… the closest challenger is Lee Bright with 13 percent. He’ll face State Sen. Brad Hutto of Orangeburg in November after Hutto easily dispatched Columbia businessman Jay Stamper.
Meanwhile Sen. Tim Scott took the GOP nomination with 90 percent of the vote.
He will face Richland County Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson, who took 65 percent of the Democratic vote.
In the Republican State Superintendent of Education race, it’s a dead heat between special education advocate Sally Atwater’s and Association of School Administrators director Molly Spearman… who each have 22 percent… with reform advocate Sheri Few right behind. The top two vote-getters will run again in two weeks, which Spearman expected.
On the Democratic side, it’s Florence teaching activist Sheila Gallagher leading former education dean Tom Thompson 37 percent to 26 percent. That race is also likely headed to a runoff.
In the Republican lieutenant governor’s race, former Attorney General Henry McMaster is now mathematically guaranteed a runoff with 44 percent of the vote. But who will it be against him? Charleston real estate developer Pat McKinney and Columbia businessman Mike Campbell are in a dead heat for that second runoff spot. The winner on the GOP side will face State Rep. Bakari Sellers of Bamberg, who had no opposition in the Democratic primary.
You can get more in our latest update from Matt Long below: