Gov. Nikki Haley will get another four years in office. Voters sent her back by a much larger margin the second time around. With 80 percent of precincts reporting, the Republican governor has 58 percent of the vote compared with just 40 percent for Democrat Vincent Sheheen. She beat Sheheen by four points back in 2010. The governor pledged to make ethics reform a priority in her second term.
Meanwhile, both GOP senators are on their way to reelection. That includes U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is leading Democratic nominee Brad Hutto 55 percent to 36 percent also with 80 percent of precincts reporting.
Independent candidate Thomas Ravenel is far behind at just 4 percent.
Fellow GOP Senator Tim Scott held his seat, overcoming challengers Joyce Dickerson of the Democratic Party and Jill Bossi of the American Party. Scott had 62 percent of the vote to make him the first African-American from South Carolina to ever be elected to the U.S. Senate. Scott had been appointed to his seat back in 2013 to fill the vacancy after Jim DeMint gave up his seat to work for the Heritage Foundation.
All of the state’s members of Congress will be returning to Washington next year… as all the incumbents easily won reelection. Right now, it appears they’ll be working with a Republican majority in both the House and Senate. But Democratic Congressman Jim Clyburn said that will probably not end the gridlock plaguing the Capitol.
It appears voters also approved two constitutional amendments. With 30 percent of the vote in, voters indicated they want to create a special exemption in the state’s gambling laws to allow charity raffles hosted by nonprofit groups. Currently the state constitution has strict no-gambling language. Voters also overwhelmingly said they would like the governor to pick the head of the National Guard instead of keeping the office elected.
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