Voters across Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties will pick their Democratic and Republican party nominees Tuesday, setting up the ballot for the November general election.
Following is a list of the competitive races. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Anyone wishing to cast a ballot in either primary is asked to bring one of five pieces of identification: a South Carolina driver's license, a S.C.-issued I.D. card, a passport, a military I.D. card, or a voter registration card with photo.
For more information on the ballot and election matters, and to get a customized sample ballot, please visit SCVotes.org.
On the Republican side, two-term incumbent U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham faces six challengers: Columbia pastor Det Bowers; Spartanburg state Sen. Lee Bright; Upstate businessman Richard Cash; Orangeburg attorney Bill Connor; Columbia attorney Benjamin Dunn; and Charleston businesswoman Nancy Mace.
On the Democratic side, Orangeburg state Sen. Brad Hutto faces Jay Stamper of Columbia.
In the state's other U.S. Senate race, Republican incumbent Tim Scott faces a primary challenge from Upstate resident Randall Young.
The Democratic field consists of Richland County Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson, Rock Hill resident Sidney Moore and Harry Pavilack of Myrtle Beach.
U.S. House of Representatives
Two Republican newcomers are vying for the nomination to represent the predominately black district: Anthony Culler of Kingstree and Leon Winn of Sumter. The Democrats have a primary between longtime incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn and retired Dorchester resident Karen Smith.
Four Republicans are running and the winner will face Democrat Bakari Sellers in the fall. Incumbent Glenn McConnell is retiring to become president of the College of Charleston. The GOP candidates are: Mike Campbell, son of former Gov. Carroll Campbell; Charleston businessman Pat McKinney; former S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster; and Ray Moore of Columbia.
Superintendent of Education
The race has drawn the largest field on both sides of the aisle. The Republican field includes: Sally Atwater, Gary Burgess, Meka Bosket Childs, Amy Cofield, Sheri Few, Don Jordan, Elizabeth Moffly, and Molly Spearman.
Democrats on the ballot are: Montrio Belton, Sheila Gallagher, Jerry Govan, and Tom Thompson.
There is only the Republican race to settle Tuesday. Incumbent Richard Eckstrom is being challenged by Robert Shelley. The Democrat on the ballot is Kyle Herbert.
In the Republican treasurer's race, Brian Adams is challenging incumbent Curtis Loftis. No Democrat is running.
In the adjutant general's race James Breazeale is challenging incumbent Bob Livingston. No Democrats filed.
Commissioner of Agriculture
Another race where no Democrat filed. In the Republican primary race, Joe Farmer is challenging incumbent Hugh Weathers.
House District 110
Republicans have a primary for the seat that includes parts of Charleston and Mount Pleasant. Newcomer Russell Guerard is challenging incumbent Chip Limehouse. No Democrats filed.
House District 119
Republicans have a primary for the seat that's anchored in the West Ashley part of Charleston. Chris Cannon and Ken Fipps are on the GOP ballot. The seat is currently held by incumbent Democrat Leon Stavrinakis.
County Council District 8
Republicans will pick between Thomas Legare and Kenny Todd for a seat that covers parts of James and Johns islands and the southwestern part of the county. The winner faces incumbent Democrat Anna Johnson in November.
County Council District 4
Republicans have a primary for a seat that's anchored in the Sangaree area. The candidates are Aldo Napoli, Tommy Newell, and James C. Royce. The seat is held by Republican Cathy Davis who is not seeking re-election. No Democrats have filed.
County Council District 5
Republicans have a primary for the seat that includes Crowfield and Goose Creek. Incumbent Dennis L. Fish is being challenged by Bud Thames. No Democrats filed.
County Council District 6
Republicans have as primary for the district that includes the Bonneau Beach and Macedonia areas. On the ballot are James Law, incumbent Jack H. Schurlknight, and Baron Thomas. No Democrats filed.
Republicans have a primary for sheriff. Incumbent Wayne DeWitt has two challengers: Brian Adams and Matt Smoak. No Democrats filed.
Clerk of Court
Republicans have a primary pick to make between incumbent Mary P. Brown and challenger Leah Guerry DuPree. No Democrats filed.
Two candidates are challenging incumbent Dan Davis in the Republican primary. They are Jerry Beckley and Bill Peagler. No Democrats filed.
House District 94
Republicans have a primary for a state House seat that includes parts of downtown Summerville, the surrounding neighborhoods and toward Dorchester Road. Evan Guthrie and Franklin Smith are on the ballot against incumbent Jenny Horne. Democrat Damian Daly is on the ballot for November.
House District 98
Republicans have a primary for this seat that includes parts of Dorchester Road and the Oakbrook area, to Kings Grant and Coosaw Creek. Larry Hargett is challenging incumbent Chris Murphy. Democrat Rebekah Patrick is on the November ballot.
County Council District 2
Republicans have a primary for this seat that includes areas around Trolley Road and toward Ladson Road.
Incumbent David Chinnis is being challenged by Scott Inabinet. No Democrat has filed.
County Council District 7
Republicans have a primary for this seat that includes Ashborough and neighborhoods off Dorchester Road in the direction of Highway 61. Incumbent Jay Byars is being challenged by Lester Dempsey. No Democrat has filed.
Reach Schuyler Kropf at 937-5551
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