SC Primary Election results
by Philip J. Maenza III
Editor of The News Journal
The South Carolina Primary Election was held on June 12. The Primary Election is used to select which candidate will run for the position of public office. The following candidates won the Primary Election in South Carolina yesterday and will continue to run until the General Election in November.
For SC Governor (Republican) neither candidate received over 50% of the votes, therefore, there will be a runoff between Henry McMaster and John Warren. McMaster came in at 42.4% of the votes while Warren received roughly 27.7% of the votes. Catherine Templeton, also a candidate for SC Governor (Republican), received 21.4% of the votes, not too far behind Warren.
For the position of SC Governor (Democrat), the winner of the Primary Election was James Smith with roughly 61.9% of the votes. Smith beat out both of his opponents, Marguerite Willis having won 27.5% of votes and Phil Noble coming in at 10.6%.
Florence is part of District 7 for the U.S. House of Representatives. The Democratic Primary for the U.S. House in SC District 7 resulted in a run off as well. Robert Williams and Mal Hyman will have a run off to see who will run going forward. Williams received 41.3% of votes while Hyman received 29.7% of votes.
For SC District 7, there was a clear winner of the Republican Primary for U.S. House. Tom Rice brought in 83.6% of votes while his competitor, Larry Hammond, earned 16.4%.
In Florence County, several representatives ran for local positions. There will be a runoff for Florence County Auditor (Republican) between Debra Dennis and Betty Dowling with only 4.44% of votes separating the two candidates. Jesse Cartrette was the winner of Florence County Probate Judge (Republican). Pat Gibson Hye-More went on to win Florence City Council District 2 (Democrat).
As part a part of the Primary Election, SC Republican and Democratic voters were asked their opinions on certain political questions. One question the SC Democratic voters were asked was “Do you support passing a state law allowing doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to patients?” The question resulted in 81% of SC Democratic voters agreeing with this statement. The other question posed to SC Democratic voters was whether they “support passing a state law requiring the governor of South Carolina to accept all federal revenues offered to support Medicaid and Medicaid expansion efforts in the state”. Roughly 92% of Democratic voters responded by saying “yes” to this question.
SC Republican voters were not exempt from questions during the Primary Election either. SC Republican voters were asked “Do you believe that voters should have the option to choose to affiliate with a political party when they register to vote or change their voter registration in South Carolina?” The result was that 82% of SC Republican voters agreed in this question. SC Republican voters were also asked if they believed “that South Carolina’s tax code should be brought into conformity with the new Trump tax cuts in the federal tax code for maximum simplification and to lower the overall tax burden on South Carolina taxpayers and businesses”. This question received an almost unanimous vote of “yes”, coming in at 92% of voters agreeing with this question.