FOUR TO WATCH
1 Haley seeks re-election: She was the state’s first female and minority – Indian-American – governor. Now, in a rematch with her Democratic opponent from 2010, state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, Republican Nikki Haley is seeking a second term. Haley is favored in heavily Republican South Carolina. But does she do better than in 2010, when she won by an anemic 4.5 percentage points?
2 Scott seeks to become the first: U.S. Sen. Tim Scott is expected to become the first African-American elected to the U.S. Senate from South Carolina Tuesday, and the first black elected to statewide office since Reconstruction. Three other African-Americans also are on the statewide ballot. However, only Republican Scott is favored to win, according to the polls.
3 Tax for roads: In Lexington County, the hottest local races are ballot measures – a penny-on-the-dollar sales tax increase for roads and other improvements, as well as a $225 million package for new schools and renovations in Lexington 2. Expect long lines at polling places, thanks to a lengthy ballot and expected heavy turnout, with officials estimating up to 70 percent of the county's 160,000 residents could vote. By late Monday, nearly 13,000 absentee ballots had been cast in Lexington County.
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4 Richland 2 in spotlight: School board races don’t typically draw a lot of attention. But in Richland 2, 12 candidates are vying for four seats in an election year where racial politics erupted. Also on the schools front, two Midlands school districts – Lexington 2 and Kershaw County – will ask voters to help finance school construction and renovations.
THESTATE.COM: ALL-DAY UPDATES, RACE RESULTS
Follow thestate.com for updates from elections officials as well as polling places in Richland and Lexington counties. And, check thestate.com for the latest results after the polls close.
Where to vote: Polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Some voters in Richland and Lexington counties may be voting at different locations, with the addition of 25 new precincts in Richland (see Page A10) and 4 new ones and some adjustments in boundary lines in Lexington. Questions? Check scvotes.org or contact your county voter registration office. Find lists of polling places for the two counties at thestate.com/election.
What to take to the polls: A voter registration card with a photo, or another form of photo identification: a S.C. driver’s license, S.C. DMV ID card, a federal military ID or a U.S. passport.