By Barney Blakeney
The June 9 Primary elections produced few surprises. By early evening after the polls closed 7 p.m., it already had become apparent several expected leaders would come through victorious.
In the U.S. Senate contest incumbent Lindsey Graham held on to an early lead that made it obvious an hour after results were being tallied Graham would prevail against Republican contenders. First Congressional District Republican candidate Nancy Mace held a similar position with the same results. Graham will face Democrat Jaime Harrison and Mace will face incumbent Democrat Joe Cunningham in November. Sam Skardon won the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Sandy Senn for the state Senate Dist. 41 seat in November.
In the S.C. House races surprises were few as well. Democrats James Johnson and Deon Tedder will compete in a June 23 runoff to succeed David Mack in House Dist. 109. Johnson led the race with about 40 percent of the vote. Tedder followed with about 36 percent of the vote. Incumbent Wendell Gilliard outpaced Regina Duggins with 77 percent of the vote to retain his seat in House Dist. 111 for a fifth term. In House Dist. 113, Marvin Pendarvis defeated Reneisha Holmes to gain a third term. And in House Dist. 115 Democrats Carol Tempel and Spencer Wetmore will face off in the June 23 runoff. Republican Josh Stokes won his party’s nomination to compete for the seat in November. Chardale Murray handily won the Democratic nomination to succeed Robert Brown in House Dist. 116.
At the county level Jesse Williams and Rob Wehrman will face off in the June 23 runoff to represent Democrats in the Charleston County Council Dist. 3 seat. In county council Dist. 6 Democrat Kylon Middleton will face Republican Darryl Ray Griffin in November. Incumbent Brantley Moody handily won the Republican nomination to remain seated in Dist. 7.
Herbert S. Fielding beat Frank Broccolo to win the Democratic nomination to become county coroner.