It’s a good night to be Republican in South Carolina. It appears the GOP is on its way to a clean sweep of the statewide offices. That includes U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, who just finished giving his victory speech.
Graham defeated Democratic nominee Brad Hutto and independent candidate Thomas Ravenel. With 29 percent of precincts reporting, Graham has 59 percent of the vote to Hutto’s 31 percent and Ravenel’s 4 percent.
Ravenel admitted he made mistakes in his run for the seat, including starring in a reality show at the time.
Meanwhile, fellow GOP Senator Tim Scott held his seat, overcoming challengers Joyce Dickerson of the Democratic Party and Jill Bossi of the American Party. Scott’s victory made him the first African-American from South Carolina to ever be elected to the U.S. Senate.
He will serve the remaining two years of former Senator Jim DeMint’s term. Scott had been appointed by Gov. Nikki Haley to fill the vacancy after DeMint gave up his seat to become president of the Heritage Foundation conservative think tank.
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.
Listen to Matt Long’s latest election update below: