2020 election

U.S. Capitol building
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Members of Congress reconvened on Wednesday evening to continue the process of certifying President-elect Joe Biden's White House win, hours after violent insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol, forcing party leadership to evacuate the scene while rioters overtook the complex. Watch the proceedings here, live...

Congresswoman-Elect Nancy Mace Heads to Washington

Nov 22, 2020
Nancy Mace elected to serve 1st congressional district 2020.
Mace Campaign

Fresh off an appearance with Fox News, Republican Congresswoman-elect Nancy Mace talks to us by phone as she heads to Washington, D.C. for orientation to serve South Carolina's first congressional district.

"It still feels a little surreal," says Mace.  "We made possible what so many said was going to be impossible to do."

The University of South Carolina recently hosted a virtual question and answer session with Professor Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Center for Antiracist Research and author of the book, "How to Be an Anti-Racist."
University of South Carolina

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for November 17, 2020 features: a continued look into the 2020 election with two of South Carolina's top political science professors; insight from one of the country’s most outspoken voices on anti-racism, Prof. Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University; a profile of one restaurant chain growing amid the pandemic; and more.

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for November 14, 2020, features: a look at the exponential growth of COVID-19 cases across the country; an update on election security, including comments from South Carolina lawmakers regarding the presidential race; how the likelihood of mental illness increases with a COVID-19 diagnosis; and more.

A Richland County Election Commission worker processes absentee ballots in Columbia, SC, on November 4, 2020.
Gavin Jackson/SCETV

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for November 10, 2020, features: the latest on presidential election, including comments from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Majority Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC); a look at Pfizer's promising COVID-19 vaccine; an update from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell on the health of the US economy; and more.

SC Lede: InstaGraham

Nov 7, 2020
Sen. Lindsey Graham celebrates after being elected for a fourth term on November 3, 2020, at the Pastides Alumni Center at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.
Victoria Hansen/SC Public Radio

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for November 7, 2020, we hear from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) about how he won the most expensive Senate race in history, his thoughts on the current presidential election count, and how he plans to work with Joe Biden, should the Democratic candidate become president. Also on this episode: an update on the First Congressional District race; warnings from DHEC about a potential COVID wave; suicide prevention efforts during the pandemic; and much more.  

Democratic Congressman Joe Cunningham says he will support Republican Nancy Mace in her transition.  She defeated him in the 1st congressional district race.  Cunningham conceded Friday on the steps of the U.S. Custom House in Charleston.
Victoria Hansen/ SC Public Radio

Democratic Congressman Joe Cunningham stood on the steps of the U.S. Custom House in Charleston Friday where he first announced his campaign for the 1st congressional district three years ago.  Only this time, he offered his support to Republican challenger Nancy Mace who claimed victory two days earlier.

His team said they wanted to wait to concede until all the ballots were counted.  The congressman knows what it's like to wrap up a tight race.  He's been there before.  As he spoke, a divided nation anxiously awaited results in a razor thin presidential election.

Clockwise from top left: Jamie Lovegrove, Meg Kinnard, and Gavin Jackson
SCETV

Throughout the 2020 election, the South Carolina Lede has kept you up to speed on what's happening the on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes.

On this edition for the week of November 5, 2020, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Post and Courier's Jaime Lovegrove and The Associated Press' Meg Kinnard to discuss the results of the South Carolina US Senate race, congressional district races, and more.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison hit the campaign trail for final push before Election Day.
Gavin Jackson/SCETV

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for November 3, 2020, features: a look at the final push by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison; the latest on absentee voting; how one woman with agoraphobia has been handling the pandemic; and more.

South Carolina Ports are expected to see steady growth in 2021 as consumer spending rebounds and supply chain disruptions diminish.
South Carolina Ports Authority

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for October 31, 2020, features: a look at the competitive First Congressional District race between incumbent Democratic Congressman Joe Cunningham and Republican challenger Nancy Mace; an economic update on South Carolina's ports and Boeing; comments from Dr. Anthony Fauci on the latest development of a coronavirus vaccine; and more.

Their recent political ads have changed.  Democratic Congressman Joe Cunningham features his two year-old son Boone as music plays in the background.

"We teach our kids to respect others and find common ground.  But that's not what you see in Washington," the congressman says.

Republican challenger Nancy Mace appears from a Waffle House.

"I waited tables at the Waffle House and as a single mom I know every dollar counts," says Mace.

Early Voters Turn Out In Record Numbers Statewide

Oct 27, 2020
Absentee voters wait in line outside Seacoast Church in Mount Pleasant
Victoria Hansen/ SC Public Radio

From the Upstate to the Lowcountry, absentee or early voters are making their way to the polls in droves.  The state election commission estimates more than one million absentee ballots could be cast in South Carolina.

People outside of the South Carolina Statehouse hold silhouettes during the annual Silent Witness ceremony on October 6, 2020. The silhouettes represent those who died from domestic violence in 2019.
SCETV

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for October 27, 2020, features: the voices of voters from around the state a week out from Election Day; a look at efforts to prevent domestic violence in South Carolina; the importance of getting the flu vaccine is this winter; and more.

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for October 24, 2020, features a look at the security threats facing the November 3 election, what local officials in one county are doing to prevent any issues on Election Day, a discussion on the importance of rural broadband expansion, and more.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) holds a rally in Columbia, SC, on October 17, 2020. Both he and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison have ramped up in-person events with less than two weeks to go until Election Day.
Gavin Jackson/SCETV

Leading up to the 2020 election, the South Carolina Lede is keeping you up to speed on what the candidates are saying on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes.

On this edition for the week of October 22, 2020, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The State's Maayan Schechter, The Post and Courier's Jaime Lovegrove, and The Associated Press' Meg Kinnard to discuss the latest on the US Senate race between incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison, the 1st and 2nd congressional district races, and more.

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