It’s a good night to be Republican in South Carolina. Gov. Nikki Haley is cruising. With 47 percent of precincts reporting, Haley has 59 percent of the vote compared with just 38 percent for Democrat Vincent Sheheen. Haley is scheduled to speak in a few minutes, although that time keeps getting pushed back.
Meanwhile, both GOP senators are on their way to reelection. That includes U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, who just finished giving his victory
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.
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 thinktank.
Republicans are rolling in all statewide office races. For Education Superintendent, Republican Molly Spearman has 61 percent of the vote to 36 percent for Democrat Tom Thompson. That’s with 44 percent of precincts reporting. Spearman says her top priority will be getting new standards to replace Common Core.
Listen to the latest election update from Matt Long below: