Gov. Nikki Haley is scheduled to give her victory speech shortly, less than two hours after polls closed and election observers projected her as the winner. At this point, less than 10 percent of precincts are reporting but Republican candidates are up big in statewide races with at least 60 percent of the vote in the governor, lieutenant governor, and Senate races.
That includes the lieutenant governor’s race where Republican candidate Henry McMaster is cruising past Democrat Bakari Sellers right now. McMaster said his top priority will be running the Office on Aging… which falls under the lieutenant governor.
Senator Lindsey Graham is expected to easily defeat Democratic nominee Brad Hutto and independent candidate Thomas Ravenel.
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.
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