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A procrastinator’s guide to the 2018 SC elections

James Smith votes, is encouraged by campaign for SC governor

Candidate for South Carolina Governor James Smith spoke to the media after he voted at A.C. Moore Elementary School in Columbia, SC.
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Candidate for South Carolina Governor James Smith spoke to the media after he voted at A.C. Moore Elementary School in Columbia, SC.

We’re in the final throes of the 2018 election, and maybe you slacked off on researching the candidates.

That’s fine. It’s why we’re here.

First, a reminder: Polling places are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Now, if you’re just now studying up before voting, here is a list of the candidates in major S.C. races that will be on Columbia-area ballots. Follows the links to our stories — below — about those candidates.

Governor’s race

Republican S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster vs. Democratic state Rep. James Smith. Both are from Columbia.

Attorney general’s race

Republican Attorney General Alan Wilson of Lexington vs. Democratic challenger Constance Anastopoulo, a Charleston School of Law professor.

2nd District congressional race

Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson of Springdale vs. Democrat Sean Carrigan, a realtor from Chapin.

Senate District 20 race

Republican Benjamin Dunn, a Ballentine attorney, vs. Democratic attorney Dick Harpootlian, of Columbia.

S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster votes in 2018 election at the Lourie Center Tuesday Nov. 6, 2018, in Columbia, SC. McMaster is facing the Democratic nominee state Rep. James Smith in the gubernatorial race.

Governor’s race

About the race in general

McMaster, Smith spar over tariffs, abortion and more in final SC governor debate

McMaster or Smith? Who won SC’s last 2018 governor’s race debate?

McMaster or Smith? Who won SC’s first governor’s race debate?

SC governor running mates debate for 1st time. See what each brings to the ticket

McMaster, Smith spar over taxes, Medicaid and education in SC governor’s debate

McMaster, Smith clash on tariffs, guns, selling Santee Cooper

Evette or Powers Norrell? Which candidate for SC lieutenant governor won the debate?

Most expensive race in SC history: See where candidates for governor get their money

Four things that Gov. Henry McMaster, James Smith say they will do to fix SC schools

Gov. McMaster, Democrat Smith differ on education proposals. But do SC voters care?

Why this SC teacher’s group is making its choice known in the governor’s race

New ads target Upstate voters over abortion, ethics in SC governor’s race

How the candidates for SC governor plan to improve health care

Among the unhealthiest states, how will candidates for SC governor improve care?

SC governor candidates want to boost SC economy, add jobs. How both say they’ll do it

How the candidates for SC governor plan to boost the state’s economy

Governor candidates want to keep, attract young talent in SC. Here’s how they’d do it

SC pols clash after Fairfield plant blames shutdown on Trump’s tariffs

Does McMaster care enough about the environment? Not enough to vote for him, conservationists say

Will McMaster’s, Smith’s ties to Quinn hurt them in the governor’s race?

Bulldog vs. Goldendoodle: This SC competition isn’t just about elephants and donkeys

Door-knocking for the digital age? Social media gets political in SC governor’s race

Will Trump help or hinder SC Republicans in November elections? He could do both

Republican incumbent Gov. Henry McMaster and Lt. Governor nominee Pamela Evette took a bus tour around South Carolina to rally voters.

About Republican Henry McMaster

From Reagan to Trump to a war on drugs, what you need to know about Henry McMaster

Gov. McMaster shares vision for South Carolina, says state could see an economic explosion

Gov. McMaster promises to put an armed officer in every public SC school

McMaster’s push to defund Planned Parenthood could punish rural SC women, critics say:

Gov. McMaster talked big on defunding Planned Parenthood. But did he follow through?

Planned Parenthood, patient sue over SC Gov. McMaster Medicaid order

SC Gov. McMaster issues order to boot Planned Parenthood as a Medicaid provider

Gov. McMaster wants to sell Santee Cooper after nuclear debacle

Will Kavanaugh drama widen SC Gov. McMaster’s big lead over Democrat Smith?

Underpaid SC workers want cut of $177M surplus. Governor snubbed after saying no

Who do these SC veterans support for governor? Not the Afghan war veteran

McMaster’s approval takes hit after bruising GOP primary for SC governor

McMaster’s runoff win got help from Trump – but now comes the hard part

How Henry McMaster won the GOP nomination for SC governor

President Trump stumps for Gov. McMaster ahead of SC GOP primary. Here’s what he said

State Rep. James Smith, Democratic nominee for S.C. governor, and Smith's lieutenant governor pick, state Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell of Lancaster, are touring the state before next week's election.

About Democrat James Smith

James Smith needs SC black voters to win. How 2020 hopefuls, Clyburn are pitching in

He’s ‘MacGyver’ to his Army buddies. Will SC call James Smith ‘to serve’ as governor?

Who is James Smith? Democratic SC governor candidate releases new ad

Democrat Smith loses special VA business status after not cooperating with audit

SC Democrat Smith goes to conservative Upstate to refocus his campaign. Will it work?

Smith uses Florence to hit McMaster on SC road funding. Will it sway voters?

Potential 2020 White House hopeful Cory Booker to help SC governor candidate

Joe Biden returning to Charleston campaign for SC Democratic nominee James Smith

Conversation Voters backs Smith for governor

He could be your next SC governor. But can Smith avoid the same traps as other Dems

Turbulence in Democrat James Smith’s campaign after another staffer leaves

Landslide: State Rep. James Smith wins SC Democratic primary for governor

Ad ties SC candidate for governor to Bernie Sanders. Problem is, he backed Hillary

SC voters replenish Democrat Smith’s campaign. But will SC dollars be enough?

Attorney general’s race

About Republican Alan Wilson

SC Attorney General Wilson: Hit hard by scandal but hard to beat

State Grand Jury: Attorney General impeded corruption probe

Court says law protects transgender workers. SC attorney general begs to differ

Protecting life is why SC’s Alan Wilson wants to prohibit abortion after 20 weeks

Ratepayers sued the state, and the attorney general’s office is helping them

What could make Bakari Sellers and Alan Wilson come to an agreement?

Wilson wins GOP runoff for attorney general despite attacks by challenger

Prosecutor draws lines from ‘corrupt’ Quinns to SC Attorney General Wilson

About Democrat Constance Anastopoulo

Grand jury report likely to bruise, not sink, SC attorney general’s re-election bid

Report: ‘Dark money,’ financial crimes pollute SC Legislature

2nd District congressional race

About the race in general

2nd District’s Wilson, Carrigan clash in U.S. House debate

Alan Wilson’s role in corruption probe now an issue in his dad’s congressional race

Campaign video takes aim at SC congressman for saying school kids should carry guns

High school students will run this SC congressional debate

Will Trump help or hinder SC Republicans in November elections? He could do both

About Republican Joe Wilson

SC politician who discussed arming kindergartners says he was target of practical joke

South Carolina’s Joe Wilson to seek Foreign Affairs Committee gavel

Seeking committee gavel, Joe Wilson looks to move on from ‘You lie’

Congressman’s effort to move nuclear waste out of SC is a tough sell

Some SC congressmen won’t be in town for their town halls

About Democrat Sean Carrigan

Midlands U.S. House candidate needs progressive, GOP voters to win in November

He once shot a man. SC candidate for Congress tells why

Who you calling a Republican? Dems fight over party label in SC’s 2nd District race

Senate District 20 race

About the race in general

Could SC Senate seat flip in Columbia-area race with a sharp ideological split?

SC judge slams GOP Senate caucus, orders it to stop anti-Harpootlian ads

SC Democrat says GOP illegally paid for ads linking him to Bernie Sanders

Columbia-area voters will choose their next state senator – if they remember to vote

After Courson resignation, here’s when Midlands voters can pick a new state senator

About Republican Benjamin Dunn

Columbia-area Republicans pick nominee for SC Senate race against Harpootlian

Dunn enters crowded GOP field in SC Senate race

About Democrat Dick Harpootlian

Former VP Joe Biden coming to Columbia to campaign for Dick Harpootlian

Dick Harpootlian thinks the SC Legislature is incompetent. So he’s running for Senate

Reach Wilks at 803-771-8362. Follow him on Twitter @AveryGWilks.