Live Blog: Election Results for SC Primary

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

11:35 p.m.

Tinubu wins in Democratic nomination in 7th

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) -- Coastal Carolina University economist Gloria Tinubu has won the Democratic nomination for South Carolina's new 7th Congressional District.

Tinubu appeared headed for a runoff with Horry County attorney Preston Brittain after Tuesday's voting.

But late Tuesday night the State Elections Commission said that votes for third-place finisher Ted Vick would not count because he had withdrawn from the race.

That gave Tinubu the majority needed to claim the nomination.

Tinubu got 52 percent of the vote. Brittain got about 39 percent in the four-candidate field. Attorneys Parnell Diggs and Harry Pavilack trailed.

Vick had been considered the front-runner but dropped out last month after his arrest on a drunken driving and weapons charge in Columbia.

Republicans have a runoff June 26 after a nine-way race on Tuesday.

11:15 p.m.

Runoffs (AP):

  • Ross Turner, GOP -- advanced to runoff State Senate, District 8
  • Joe Swann, GOP -- advanced to runoff State Senate, District 8

11 p.m.

Winners have been declared for the following local races, with 100 percent reporting:
U.S. House District 2
Joe Wilson (R): 81%

State Senate District 26
Deedee Vaughters (R): 62%

State House District 39
Ralph Kennedy (R): 57%

10:50 p.m.

Nomination (AP): Mike Fair, GOP -- State Senate, District 6

10:25 p.m.

Winners have been declared for the following local races, with 100 percent reporting:

Orangeburg County Council District 4
Heyward Livingston (D): 59%

Orangeburg County Council District 5
Janie Cooper (D): 81%

Orangeburg County Clerk of Court:
Winnifa B. Clark (D): 86%

Orangeburg County Sheriff
Leroy Ravenell (D): 78%

10:22 p.m.

At least 5 incumbents lose SC primary bid

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- At least five incumbents have lost their bid for re-election in this year's primaries, including the longest-serving member of the South Carolina House.

Rep. Denny Neilson was defeated by Rep. Robert Williams in a face-off to represent Darlington. Neilson has served in the Legislature since 1984.

In the other primary that pitted two incumbents, Rep. Bill Bowers defeated Rep. Curtis Brantley to represent rural Jasper and Hampton counties. Their districts were collapsed because of population changes shown in the 2010 Census.

Others who lost include Republican Reps. Steve Parker of Boiling Springs and B.R. Skelton of Six Mile, and Sen. Mike Rose of Summerville.

Incumbents who defeated tough challenges include Sen. Ronnie Cromer of Prosperity. He won a four-way race with 59 percent of the vote.

10:05 p.m.

Winners have been declared for the following local races, with 100 percent reporting:

Bamberg County Council District 1
Trent Kinard (D): 71%

Barnwell County Council District 7
Jerry R. Creech (R): 76%

Denmark City Council Seat 1
Calvin Odom (R): 63%

Saluda County Council District 4
Carey Bedenbaugh (R): 51%

Saluda County Sheriff:
John C. Perry (D): 82%

10 p.m.

SC's longest-serving House member loses primary

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Darlington Rep. Robert Williams has won his primary bid for re-election by defeating the longest-serving member of the South Carolina House.

Williams defeated Darlington Rep. Denny Neilson in Tuesday's primary race with 53 percent of the vote. He will face a Republican in November.

Neilson was seeking her 15th full term. She was first elected to the House in 1984. Williams is seeking his fourth term.

The once-a-decade redrawing of district lines forced the two lawmakers to run against each other. Their districts were collapsed because of shrinking populations shown by the 2010 Census.

Neilson's district went to coastal Horry County.

The 47-year-old Williams had played up his youthful energy, saying Neilson should have retired. She touted her experience and position on the powerful Ways and Means Committee.

Nominations (AP):

  • Tracy Edge, GOP -- State House, District 104
  • Joshua Putnam, GOP -- State House, District 10

9:55 p.m.

Nominations (AP):

  • Robert Williams, Dem -- State House, District 62
  • Ralph Shealy Kennedy, GOP -- State House, District 39

9:45 p.m.

Nominations (AP):

  • Lee Bright, GOP -- State Senate, District 12
  • J. Thomas McElveen, Dem -- State Senate, District 35
  • Deb Morrow, Dem -- U.S. House, District 4
  • Billy O'Dell, GOP -- State Senate, District 4
  • Liston Barfield, GOP -- State House, District 58
  • Deedee Vaughters, GOP -- State Senate, District 26
  • Heather Ammons Crawford, GOP -- State House, District 58
  • Bill Chumley, GOP -- State House, District 35
  • Kent Williams, Dem -- State Senate, District 30
  • Nelson Hardwick, GOP -- State House, District 106

Runoffs (AP):

  • Tom Rice, GOP -- U.S. House, District 7
  • Andrew Bauer, GOP -- U.S. House, District 7
  • Preston Brittain, Dem -- U.S. House, District 7
  • Gloria Bromell Tinubu, Dem -- U.S. House, District 7
  • Wade Kolb, GOP -- State Senate, District 35
  • Tony Barwick, GOP -- State Senate, District 35

9:25 p.m.

Doyle wins Dem nomination in SC 3rd District

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Broadcaster Brian Doyle has defeated Carson Gaither in the race for the Democratic nomination in South Carolina's 3rd Congressional District in the northwestern corner of the state.

Doyle got about 62 percent of the vote in Tuesday's voting.

Doyle has said he will work to reform the North American Free Trade Agreement that he says has simply sent jobs from the district to nations overseas.

Gaither is a businessman who promised to attract advanced manufacturing to the district and said he wants more investments in infrastructure and education.

Doyle faces incumbent Republican Jeff Duncan in November. Duncan is seeking a second term in Washington. He had no primary opposition Tuesday.

9:20 p.m.

Nominations (AP):

  • Donna Wood, GOP -- State House, District 37
  • Jennings McAbee, GOP -- State Senate, District 10
  • Ed Carter, GOP -- State House, District 97
  • Sean Bennett, GOP -- State Senate, District 38
  • Mary Gail Douglas, Dem -- advanced to runoff State House, District 41
  • Annie McDaniel, Dem -- advanced to runoff State House, District 41
  • Bill Bowers, Dem -- State House, District 122
  • Robert Rikard, Dem -- State Senate, District 20
  • Kevin Bryant, GOP -- State Senate, District 3

8:45 p.m.

Nominations (AP):

  • Chip Limehouse, GOP -- State House, District 110
  • Ronnie Cromer, GOP -- State Senate, District 18
  • Weston Newton, GOP -- State House, District 120
  • Joe McEachern, Dem -- State House, District 77

8:40 p.m.

Nominations (AP):

  • Ed Harris, GOP -- State House, District 3
  • Robert Shannon Riley, GOP -- State House, District 13

8:36 p.m.

Congressman Joe Wilson issues this statement:
"I am extremely grateful to the voters of South Carolina's Second Congressional District for giving me the opportunity to serve our communities. I would like to thank my wife Roxanne, the rest of our wonderful family, our campaign staff and the hardworking volunteers who have helped to make this victory tonight possible. Additionally, I would like to thank my opponent, Phil Black, for running a respectful campaign focused on the challenges we face as a nation. As always, I will continue to fight for conservative values and work to keep taxes low, eliminate government waste and deficit spending, and promote job creation through private sector growth."

8:34 p.m.

From The AP: Kirkman Finlay, GOP, nominated State House, District 75, South Carolina.

8:25 p.m.

Wilson easily defeats Black in 2nd District

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson has claimed his party's nomination for the 2nd Congressional District in the South Carolina Midlands.

Wilson was getting 80 percent of the vote in Tuesday's primary over Phil Black of Lexington County.

Wilson also defeated black in the previous two GOP primaries in the district.

Wilson is seeking a seventh term in Washington. He has no Democratic opponent in November.

Black had promised that if he was elected he would serve only one term and accept only $38,000 in salary, compared with the $174,000 a year House members make.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)

Initial report from News 12's Chad Mills:

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- Precincts around South Carolina have not been seeing overwhelming numbers of voters for Tuesday's primary.

It's all after a Supreme Court ruling last month that kicked more than 200 candidates off ballots statewide, including nine from Aiken County.

Candidates say they filed like they were told -- but when they filed electronically, as they have for years, they were disqualified. That's why Aiken County has only two elections on Tuesday's ballot: a primary election for Senate District 26 and U.S. Congressional District 2.

On Tuesday morning, some voters at Kennedy Middle School were confused when they saw they only had one election to vote for.

Other voters, like Kit Summers, are just plain angry.

"What the hell is wrong with the country and this state that that can happen?" Summers said. "This is America, and it feels like North Korea, and I am furious."

Many of the kicked-off candidates protested outside of precincts.

If they get the signatures, they can still be placed on the general election ballot in November. Of course, many of them will need 5,000 signatures for that to happen -- which isn't an easy process.

Stay tuned to and News 12 at 11 o'clock for the latest results.