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June 13, 2018 - 12:00 am


The Latest: Brown, Turner in Democratic runoff in 4th

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Businessman Brandon Brown and accountant Doris Lee Turner will meet in a runoff to determine the Democratic nominee for the 4th Congressional District in South Carolina.

The two beat three other challengers for their party's nomination Tuesday for the seat left open by Trey Gowdy.

Their opponent is also undecided. Former state Sen. Lee Bright has made it to the Republican runoff, but second place was too close to call early Wednesday between State Sen. William Timmons and state Rep. Dan Hamilton.

The 4th District covers Greenville, Spartanburg and surrounding areas.


Attorney General Wilson in Republican runoff with Atwater

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson has been forced into a runoff for the Republican nomination.

Wilson will take on state Rep. Todd Atwater in the runoff June 26.

Wilson nearly won the nomination outright, but fell just over 1 percentage point short in unofficial results from Tuesday's primary.

Atwater hammered Wilson on ethics, saying he tried to stop the prosecution of a political consultant he once used after giving the case to a different prosecutor.

Wilson says no attorney general has ever fought corruption as hard as he has.

The winner of the runoff will face Democrat Constance Anastopoulo in November's election.


Incumbent Hammond wins SC GOP Secretary of State primary

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond has won the Republican nomination again.

Early results from Tuesday's primary showed Hammond receiving more than two-thirds of the vote over three challengers.

One of those opponents pointed out in November that more than a hundred South Carolina laws passed for a decade did not have the state seal, which is one of the secretary of state's duties.

Hammond blamed human error for the problem.

Hammond will face Democrat Melvin Whittenburg in November's election as the incumbent seeks a fifth term.

Hammond defeated state Rep. Joshua Putnam, who uncovered the seal problem, as well as Nelson Faerber and Kerry Wood in Tuesday's GOP primary.


2 incumbent state House members lose in primaries

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two state House incumbents lost their re-election bids in South Carolina's primaries.

Phyllis Henderson lost her bid for a fifth term in her Greenville County district in Tuesday's Republican primary to businessman and Army veteran Bobby Cox.

The other incumbent to lose was state Rep. MaryGail Douglas, who was beaten for the Democratic nomination in a district that is anchored in Fairfield County by Fairfield County School Board member Annie McDaniel.

In Horry County, Rep. Greg Duckworth trailed William Bailey, but unofficial results showed the race close enough for a recount.

A recount was also possible with state Rep. Sylleste Davis, who lead in her Berkeley County district.

State Rep. Jeff Bradley was in a close race with Phil Hartman in Beaufort County.


In SC primary, ardent Trump backer defeats Rep. Mark Sanford

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A second incumbent Republican congressman has lost his seat in a primary featuring intense divisions among the GOP in the Trump era.

Congressman Mark Sanford is best remembered nationally for a highly public extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina several years ago. In Tuesday's primary, he lost to state Representative Katie Arrington, who had campaigned against Sanford by branding him a "Never Trumper." The president himself weighed in by stoking memories of the affair, tweeting that Sanford was "better off in Argentina."

Four other states held primaries. In Virginia, a Republican known for his ardent defense of Confederate symbolism, Corey Stewart, won the Republican primary to face Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine. Stewart says he plans to wage a "vicious" campaign against Kaine, Hillary Clinton's running mate in 2016.


SC primary voters like Trump's tax cuts, medical marijuana

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Both Democratic and Republican primary voters in South Carolina have overwhelmingly approved questions their parties put on the ballot.

Republicans asked their primary voters Tuesday if they supported bringing the South Carolina tax code into "conformity with the new Trump tax cuts."

The GOP also asked its voters if they support only allowing members of a party to vote in primaries. Currently South Carolina voters don't have to register with a party to vote in a primary.

Democrats asked their voters if they support medical marijuana and taking federal money to expand Medicaid in South Carolina.

All four questions received more than 80 percent approval in unofficial results.

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