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Election 2022

  • South Carolina's primaries end Tuesday with only two statewide runoffs, one for each party. Republicans will choose their candidate for the open Education Superintendent office, while Democrats choose their nominee for U.S. Senate to take on incumbent Tim Scott as he seeks a second full term. There also are six state House runoffs. Only one involves incumbents. Democratic Reps. Roger Kirby and Cezar McKnight were drawn through redistricting into the same district that stretches across three counties but is centered in Williamsburg County.
  • Former Vice President Mike Pence says a leaked draft opinion suggesting the U.S. Supreme Court could be poised to overturn the landmark case that legalized abortion nationwide could have favorable impacts for anti-abortion candidates in midterm elections across the country. Pence spoke Thursday night at a fundraiser for a crisis pregnancy center in South Carolina. He says he feels Americans are "looking for women and men who are willing to stand up unapologetically for the cause of life this year and in the years to come." The early-voting state and its white Evangelical Christian voters would be a critical base of support if Pence seeks the Republican presidential nomination in 2024. This is his second visit to the state in less than a week.
  • South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has raised more than $5 million in his pursuit of a second full term. His campaign said Monday that the Republican brought in more than $600,000 in the first fundraising quarter of this year. The incumbent faces two opponents in the June primary, although neither has undertaken significant fundraising. Former U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham is leading the Democratic fundraising field. He has raised $400,000 so far this year, for a total of $1.7 million. No Democrat has won the state's top office since 1998.
  • On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for July 27, 2021 we're joined by the Associated Press' Meg Kinnard to look at the 2022 South Carolina governor's race.