Surprise upsets and runoffs top SC primaries results
Thursday, June 14, 2018
On Tuesday, the South Carolina primary elections were held to determine who will represent Democrats and Republicans in the general election on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. The election results revealed several surprises while opening the door for runoff elections later this month.
View the full SC Primary election results here.
The marque runoff elections include the race for Governor, U.S. House of Representatives District 4 (left vacant by Trey Gowdy), and the Attorney General race. According to the state’s voting rules, if no candidate reaches 51% of the vote, the two highest vote getters face off in a runoff election, set for Tuesday, June 26, 2018.
Currently in the U.S. Congressional District 4, there is a Republican runoff scheduled between former state senator Lee Bright and current State Senator William Timmons (Dist 06 - Greenville). However, only a few hundred votes separate state Representative Dan Hamilton and Timmons in the second place spot which could trigger a recount in the coming days. Candidates Doris Turner and Brandon Brown will face off in the Democratic runoff for this district.
While there were several surprises including State Representative Phyllis Henderson ( R-Greenville) being defeated, the biggest upset of the night came from political newcomer Katie Arrington as she delivered Mark Sanford his first political defeat in the U.S Congressional District 1 race *.
In keeping with South Carolina’s reputation for last minute theatrics, President Trump endorsed via tweet his support of Katie Arrington on Election Day, reminding voters of Sanford’s infamous Appalachian trail trip. Arrington will face Democrat Joe Cunningham in November. The district, which includes Charleston and the southern coast, has not elected a Democrat since 1978.
“While the League did not endorse any candidates in these races, we will continue to push for credit union friendly candidates,” noted CCUL Advocacy’s Billy Boylston.
* There’s still speculation on whether the District 1 race may face a recount as Katie Arrington sits at 50.56% of the vote; Mark Sanford with 46.49%. 51% of the vote is required to avoid a runoff election.