Politics year in review: Mid-term elections dominate headlines in 2018
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FLORENCE, S.C. – On June 12, June 26 and Nov. 6, Florence County residents cast their ballots in the 2018 mid-term elections.
Gov. Henry McMaster was elected to his first full term of office, defeating Democrat James Smith in November by receiving 53.96 percent of the votes. McMaster won the Republican primary election in runoff with Greenville businessman John Warren.
The state’s new lieutenant governor is businesswoman Pamela Evette.
Also at the statewide level, Secretary of State Mark Hammond, Attorney General Alan Wilson, Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman, State Treasurer Curtis Loftis, Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom and Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers were re-elected.
In the statehouse, Republicans Phillip Lowe and Jay Jordan and Democrats Patricia Henegan, Jackie “Coach” Hayes, Lucas Atkinson, Terry Alexander, Roger Kirby, Robert Williams and Cezar McKnight were re-elected.
U.S. Congressman Tom Rice of District 7 and Congressman Jim Clyburn of District 6 were re-elected.
On the Florence County Council, Democrats Jason Springs, Al Bradley and Waymon Mumford and Republicans H. Steven DeBerry and James Schofield were re-elected. Solicitor E.L. “Ed” Clements III was re-elected. Auditor Debra Dennis and Probate Judge Jesse Cartrette Jr. were elected.
On the Florence City Council, Teresa Myers-Ervin, Frank J. “Buddy” Brand, and George Jebaily were re-elected without opposition. Councilwoman Pat Gibson-Hye Moore was re-elected after overcoming a protest by candidate LaShonda NeSmith-Jackson and an election revote in a precinct.