The dance cards have been filled out for South Carolina’s 2014 elections and some incumbents have earlier-than-expected turns on the floor with primary opposition.
With the end of candidate filing Sunday, here are storylines to watch in this year’s elections:
South Carolina’s other U.S. senator, Tim Scott, appears to have an easy path to win the unexpired term left by Jim DeMint. His primary opponent, Randall Young, listed a non-working number on his candidacy form. Democrats running have no statewide recognition.
GOP Reps. Jeff Duncan of Laurens, Trey Gowdy of Spartanburg, Mick Mulvaney of Indian Land and Tom Rice of Myrtle Beach don’t have primary challengers but will face competition in November. Mark Sanford, R-Charleston, is only S.C. congressman to have no one filed against him.
Another pair of Republicans — Attorney General Alan Wilson and Secretary of State Mark Hammond — have no primary opponents but face Democratic challengers in the fall.
Democrat Curtis Brantley, who lost his Lowcountry seat in 2012 to Rep. Bill Bowers, D-Hampton, after district lines changed, is seeking a rematch. Former state representatives David Tribble, a Republican, and Vida Miller, a Democrat, are running again for seats held by Democrat Mike Anthony in Union County and Republican Stephen Goldfinch in Georgetown County, respectively.
State Rep. Donna Wood has an primary opponent she knows well — her stepdaughter, Heather.
The first-term Spartanburg Republican separated from Heather Wood’s father in December.
Heather Wood, 23, said she entered the race because she is more familiar with the community.
Donna Wood “is not connected to people in the community like someone in her office should be,” said Heather Wood, who also noted she has worked on political campaigns since she was 16.
Donna Wood said her stepdaughter has a right to run, but she would not make her marriage an issue in the campaign.
“I have done a great job for people in my House district,” Donna Wood said.
The lawmaker said she is proud to have co-sponsored bill that would limit abortions and curb enacting the federal healthcare law in South Carolina.
Donna Wood said she opposes a bill that would reduce the amount of time of separation before a couple divorces to 150 days from a year.
“You need as long as can to repair a marriage,” she said. “I’m praying my marriage will be reconciled ... and my husband will have a change of heart.”