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June 26, 2018 - 12:00 am

SOUTH CAROLINA RUNOFFS-THE LATEST

The Latest: No early problems in South Carolina runoffs

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Election officials in South Carolina say there have been no significant problems as voting begins in runoffs around the state.

Election Commission spokesman Chris Whitmire said there were scattered power outages around the state. But Whitmire said most of those problems were resolved quickly Tuesday morning.

Whitmire said voting machines have battery backup and polling locations have paper ballots if the batteries die.

He said no one's ability to vote has been hampered Tuesday.

Most of the focus is on the Republican runoff between Gov. Henry McMaster and Greenville businessman John Warren. McMaster failed to get a majority in the June 12 voting, but he hosted President Donald Trump at a rally in West Columbia on Monday evening.

Warren says his resume is closer to Trump's than McMaster's.

SOUTH CAROLINA-RUNOFF-GOVERNOR

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster faces runoff challenger

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is trying to hold off a hard-charging businessman who was a complete unknown in the state six months ago in Tuesday's Republican primary runoff election.

McMaster was one of President Donald Trump's earliest supporters and welcomed the president to West Columbia for an election-eve rally. Vice President Mike Pence also campaigned with McMaster in Myrtle Beach on Saturday.

But John Warren says his outsider candidacy makes him more like Trump than McMaster.

Warren is a millionaire businessman from Greenville and a Marine. He has endorsements from other challengers in the June 12 primary, and plenty of momentum against McMaster, who ascended to governor when Trump appointed Nikki Haley U.N. Ambassador.

WEEKEND LAKE DROWNING

Officials identify man pulled from South Carolina lake

IRMO, S.C. (AP) — Officials have released the name of a man who whose body was pulled from a South Carolina lake over the weekend.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said in a news release the victim was 64-year-old Henry Alexander Bass of Cordova.

Officials say Bass had disappeared while swimming in Lake Murray on Saturday.

The Department of Natural Resources recovered the victim's body later Saturday.

Watts says Bass drowned.

The state agency is still investigating the incident.

BURNED HUMAN REMAINS

Deputies: Man burned remains of missing woman, lied to cops

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a man lied to police about a woman's death and burned her remains, which were found at his South Carolina home.

Greenville County Sheriff's Sgt. Ryan Flood said deputies are still investigating how Stacy Carmack died and more charges are possible against 60-year-old Charles Dogan.

Flood says deputies found the burned remains at Dogan's Piedmont home Friday. Tests are still being performed to determine when and how Carmack died. She was last seen May 29.

Flood said in a statement Dogan was charged Monday with desecration of human remains, criminal conspiracy and obstruction of justice for lying to police.

Flood says Dogan's brother Tony Dogan is charged with criminal conspiracy and obstruction of justice. He has not been found.

It wasn't known if Charles Dogan had a lawyer.

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE-CAR CRASH-THE LATEST

The Latest: Woman in candidate wreck crashed minutes earlier

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Authorities in South Carolina say the wrong-way driver who crashed into a car that carried a U.S. House candidate had hit another vehicle minutes earlier and drove away.

Charleston County Sheriff's Capt. Roger Antonio said 69-year-old Helen White struck the first vehicle Friday night as she turned onto U.S. Highway 17.

Antonio says White ended up driving the wrong way in the southbound lanes of the highway after the wreck and then slammed into the vehicle carrying Arrington.

White died, while GOP candidate Katie Arrington and the woman driving her were severely injured.

Antonio said in a news release both wrecks are still under investigation. He says there was no sign of alcohol in White's vehicle.

Antonio says no one was hurt in the first wreck.

PRIMARY RDP

Trump's clout within GOP on the line in Tuesday elections

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump is not on the ballot, but he has invested time and energy in a slate of primary contests across America that will again test his clout within his own party.

Voters are weighing in on candidates in seven states.

None is more important to Trump than South Carolina, where the president himself appeared at a rally on Monday night to help Gov. Henry McMaster. The Republican governor, one of Trump's first high-profile supporters, is fighting for his political life against a self-made millionaire.

South Carolina's race leads a batch of primary contests in New York, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Maryland and Mississippi. With the general election nearly four months away, more than half of all states will have selected their November candidates after Tuesday.

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