Voters Head to the Polls for SC’s Primary Election
CHARLESTON, SC (BRODIE HART, WTAT-TV) — Voters across the Palmetto State will head to the polls today to vote in many key races including the gubernatorial race.
Polls opened statewide at 7:00 a.m. and our crews watched as several people headed inside their polling locations to cast their ballot within the first thirty minutes.
All eyes will be on the race for Governor and it very well could turn out to be a fight to the finish.
Recent polls are showing a run-off may even be necessary for the Republican candidates who have squared off in several debates in just the last few weeks.
As this primary race draws to a close the challengers say they are confident in their ability to lead the state.
“We have everything going for us as a state except for our state’s leadership,” said candidate John Warren. “We have got to have true change, someone that has the real core value of being a conservative.”
Candidate Catherine Templeton said, “South Carolina has stood up and said we want an outsider, a conservative outsider who actually has some on-the-job training. We don’t want somebody to walk in who doesn’t know where the bathrooms are and we don’t want somebody to walk in who has been running for 40 years.”
Incumbent Governor Henry McMaster, Yancey McGill, Kevin Bryant, Catherine Templeton and John Warren are all fighting for their parties nomination in the race for Governor.
On the Democratic side, there are three candidates running; James Smith, Phil Nobel and Marguerite Willis.
If there is a run-off for either party it would happen later this month.
Back here in the Lowcountry, several candidates will face-off in the House District 01 race, which is currently held by former Governor Mark Sanford.
On the Democratic side, you have Joe Cunningham and Toby Smith. Republican candidates include incumbent Mark Sanford, Katie Arrington and Dimitri Cherny.
Polls will remain open until 7:00 p.m. tonight. If you cannot make it earlier in the day, anyone who is in line and waiting to vote at 7:00 p.m. after polls close will still have the chance to vote.
In order to cast your ballot, you must present a valid state-issued voter ID. It could be your driver’s license, passport or military ID.
Those who still need to turn in their absentee ballots must do so before 7:00 p.m. on election day. You must deliver that ballot to 4367 Headquarters Road in North Charleston. You cannot deliver that absentee ballot to your normal polling location.
We will be following each race closely and bring you the very latest online and on-air. For real-time race results throughout the evening, please visit the FOX 24 election page, click here.
You can also join us on FOX 24 News at 6:30 p.m and again at 10:00 p.m. for the very latest.