Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Tuesday's primary races offered little in the way of surprises, as incumbents mostly ruled in contests across the Midlands.
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Among the incumbents winning handily were U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, Rep. Joe McEachern, Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis, Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell, and Lexington County Coroner Harry Harman.
State Senator Ronnie Cromer fought back a challenge from three candidates to win the GOP nomination for his seat again.
There were, of course, opportunities for newer faces. In House District 75, Kirkman Finlay defeated Jim Corbett to win the GOP nomination in the race to succeed the retiring Jim Harrison. Finlay will face Democrat Joe McCullough in November's general election. In Fairfield County, there'll be a runoff in House District 41 in the contest to replace Rep. Boyd Brown, who announced he wouldn't seek a another term. Annie McDaniel will face Mary Douglas in two weeks to decide the Democratic nomination for the position.
And in the newly created U.S. House District 7, it appeared both the Democrats and Republicans would have runoffs, but that will not be the case, it seems. Former Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer and Horry County Council Chairman Tim Rice will face each other in a runoff for the Republican nomination. But on the Democratic side, Coastal Carolina University economist Gloria Tinubu was declared the winner early Wednesday morning. At the end of Tuesday night, it appeared Horry County attorney Preston Brittain would meet her in a runoff. However, the State Election Commission decided not to count votes for Ted Vick, who'd withdrawn from the race weeks earlier. Without those votes, Tinubu's total rose to over 52 percent, meaning she would avoid a runoff.