UPDATE – At about 9:15 PM, the Associated Press called the SC Senate race for Lindsey Graham and projects he will not face a runoff election. With 71% of precincts reporting at 9:45PM, Graham is close to garnering 60% of the vote.

Notably, Graham won nearly all of the counties in SC and exceeded the 50% threshold in all of them except Greenville, Spartanburg, Laurens and Union Counties.

Lindsey Graham Primary Win Results

Tim Scott is easily winning his primary getting vote margins above 90% at this point. In fact, Scott is over performing Graham by 60,000 votes statewide.

BREAKING: Switching from SC to Virginia, results coming from the 7th Congressional District GOP primary suggest that House Minority Leader will lose his seat to Tea Party upstart Dave Brat.


There is a lot of action in tonight’s South Carolina primary election. Polls closed now. We will post results as soon as meaningful numbers come in.

The key race to watch is the Republican primary for United States Senate.  Incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham will face the voters with six other opponents trying to force a runoff.  If Graham, or any other candidate, doesn’t get above 50% — there will be a runoff election for the top two vote getters on June 24.

We will keep an eye on the Graham race, but also update some other interesting battles.  Incumbent S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley (R) is unopposed in the primary but will face Democrat State Senator Vince Sheheen in November.  There is a tough inter-GOP battle for Lt. Governor.  And 12 Republicans and Democrats are vying for SC School Superintendent.

History will also be made tonight as Republican voters are expected to vote to nominate U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R) to complete the term he was named to when former Sen. Jim DeMint resigned.  Presuming he wins tonight, he will be the first Republican African-American Senate nominee in South Carolina since Reconstruction.