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Four incumbent senators are out in South Carolina’s primary run-offs

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Counties voting June 28, 2016
Counties voting June 28, 2016 SCVotes.org

This story will be updated as results come in.

FINAL:

11:00 P.M.

At the end of the night, four incumbent senators – three Republicans and a Democrat, representing 94 years of legislative experience – have lost their seats in contested primaries.

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WINNER:

9:55 P.M.

Rick Hubbard will return to the Lexington Co. solicitor’s office, this time as chief prosecutor. He defeats USC law professor Candice Lively.

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9:42 P.M.

WINNER:

Prosecutor Micah Caskey won the GOP nomination for S.C. House seat District 89, which includes the Cayce and West Columbia areas.

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9:31 P.M.

WINNER:

The Greenville News declares Scott Talley the winner over Lee Bright of Spartanburg. Bright is the fourth incumbent senator to lose tonight.

Elsewhere, Stephen Goldfinch, a House lawmaker targeted by Gov. Nikki Haley in his Horry Co. Senate primary, leads Reese Boyd by 52 percent with 95 percent of precincts reporting.

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9:16 P.M.

WINNER:

The AP has officially called another Senate race for the challenger, William Timmons defeats Mike Fair in a Greenville GOP primary. Fair had served in the Legislature for 32 years.

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9:00 P.M.

WINNER:

Attorney Sandy Senn wins GOP primary in Charleston Senate District 41, AP declares, beating Roy Maybank with 58 percent of the vote and 100 percent of precincts reporting.

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8:50 P.M.

WINNER:

In Richland County, Dalhi Myers wins her fourth county council primary in three separate election days.

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8:42 P.M.

WINNER:

Long-time state Sen. Larry Martin, R-Pickens, lost to Easley's Rex Rice, who challenged Martin unsuccessfully in 2012.

Martin trailed Rice 54 percent to 46 percent, according to the Associated Press.

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8:37 P.M.

WINNER:

Columbia pastor Ivory Thigpen cruised to victory Tuesday night over Richland 2 school board member Monica Elkins in the House District 79 Democratic primary runoff.

State Rep. Mia McLeod, D-Richland, will vacate the seat to run for state Senate.

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8:33 P.M.

WINNER:

State Sen. Creighton Coleman, D-Fairflield, lost his primary runoff, failing to win a third term, the Associated Press is reporting.

Coleman lost to Great Falls’ Mike Fanning, the executive director of the Olde English Consortium in the race for Senate District 17, which spans Chester, Fairfield and York counties.

An attorney, Coleman was elected to the S.C. House in 2000 and served four terms before being elected to the Senate in 2008.

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8:25 P.M.

Senators in trouble update:

- Rice is leading Martin with 53 percent of the vote, with 83 percent of precincts reporting

- Scott Talley is topping Lee Bright in Spartanburg County with 57 percent of the vote, though with only 9 percent reporting.

- William Timmons is on course to beat Mike Fair in Greenville County with almost two-thirds of the vote, with 25 percent of the precincts in.

- In the lone Democratic Senate primary, Mike Fanning is leading Sen. Creighton Coleman in Winnsboro by 58 percent, with 58 percent reporting.

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8:15 P.M.

Rick Hubbard leads Candice Lively in the 11th Circuit solicitor GOP race, 1,484 votes to 671. Wold replace Donnie Myers as the top prosecutor in Lexington and three other counties.

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7:56 P.M.

A fourth senator is in trouble; Sen. Larry Martin of Pickens trails Rex Rice by 1,593 votes to 1,481, with 13 of 53 precincts reporting. That’s four senators currently trailing in their primary run-off races.

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7:45 P.M.

GOP Sen. Mike Fair of Greenville trails William Timmons by 308 votes to 148, one of three incumbent senators trailing early tonight along with Spartanburg’s Lee Bright and Democrat Creighton Coleman of Winnsboro, now trailing Mike Fanning by 548 to 441.

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7:32 P.M.

Other election results: Dalhi Meyers leads Bernice Scott in Richland Co. Council race, 139 votes to 71.

Sen. Creighton Coleman is in a tight Democratic run-off with Mike Fanning in District 17 (Fairfield, Chester and York), leading 326 to 313.

Scott Talley has taken an early lead over Spartanburg Sen. Lee Bright in the Republican run-off, 308 votes to 162.

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7:17 P.M.

First preliminary results tonight: Monica Elkins leads Ivory Thigpen by 57 to 45 votes in northeast Richland’s House District 79.

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6:52 P.M.

Voters went to the polls across South Carolina on Tuesday to settle some unfinished business from the state primary two weeks before.

Six state Senate districts and seven seats in the House of Representatives were in play after voters went to the polls on June 14, along with two solicitors and a host of county-level offices.

Polls close in all races at 7 p.m. Tuesday, and results will be announced by county offices as they come in from polling places.

Statewide, 17 South Carolina counties have countywide run-offs on Tuesday, and another 15 have run-offs in select districts. Only three have run-offs for both the Democratic and Republican parties.

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