Incumbent Jean Toal won re-election Wednesday as chief justice of the S.C. Supreme Court by a 95-74 vote in the General Assembly.
Toal, 70, who in 1988 became the first woman on the court, had the support of a majority of the Legislature’s 30-something Black Caucus members and numerous Republicans, including House Speaker Bobby Harrell, R-Charleston.
Unsuccessful challenger Costa Pleicones will retain his associate justice seat on the court.
Toal and Pleicones sat side by side in the House’s balcony, watching the vote. Next to them were the other three members of the Supreme Court.
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