Gov. Nikki Haley has just wrapped up her victory speech… with 50 percent of precincts reporting, the Republican governor has 59 percent of the vote compared with just 38 percent for Democrat Vincent Sheheen. That’s a much larger margin than she beat Sheheen back in 2010.
Meanwhile, both GOP senators are on their way to reelection. That includes U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham… who is leading Democratic nominee Brad Hutto 57 percent to 34 percent with 50 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’s victory made him the first African-American from South Carolina to ever be elected to the U.S. Senate. 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.
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.
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: