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SCFOR's coverage of the SC General Election based on unofficial results from the SC Election Commission.
McMaster Elected Governor
SC voters elected Governor Henry McMaster to his first full term on Tuesday, with McMaster receiving slightly over 54% of the vote.  His opponent, democrat James Smith, received 45% of the vote.  

“Your support and confidence is truly humbling and inspirational,” McMaster told supporters after the race was called. “That means good things, better things are on their way to South Carolina.”

McMaster dominated the Republican-heavy Upstate region centered in Greenville and areas around Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head Island.  He also carried Aiken and Rock Hill. Smith won the Democratic strongholds in Columbia and Charleston.

In conceding the race, Smith admitted name recognition proved a tough hurdle against McMaster.  He also urged McMaster to do more to improve the state’s education and healthcare systems.

This marked the first year that gubernatorial candidates ran on a joint ticket. Traveler’s Rest businesswoman Pamela Evette will work side-by-side with McMaster as the Lt. Governor.
SC Congressional District 1 Goes Blue
In a district that has gone red since 1981, Democrat Joe Cunningham narrowly defeated his Republican opponent,  Katie Arrington in a race for the 1st District Congressional seat in the low country.   According to unofficial results, Cunningham received 50.7% of the vote while Arrington received 49.3%.  Since Cunningham’s victory is over a 1% margin, a recount is not required.  Results will be certified on Friday. 
 
Cunningham is an attorney in West Ashley and new to politics.  He initially was considered a long shot when he announced his bid last year. However, he has been in a tight race with Arrington, who defeated Mark Sanford in the Republican primary.  
 
“Lowcountry Over Party” has been Cunningham’s slogan leading up to election day, promising coastal voters he will work across party lines to tackle issues.  He also did exceptionally well on fundraising during the course of his campaign, with the latest filings showing that he out-fundraised Arrington by 2 to 1.
 
Cunningham joins Jim Clyburn (Dist. 6) as the second democrat representing SC in the US House. 
Harpootlian Wins Senate Race
Democrat Dick Harpootlian won the special election for South Carolina Senate District 20, flipping a seat that’s been in the hands of Republicans for decades. He defeated Republican Benjamin Dunn 51 to 49 percent in the unofficial results from yesterday’s election.

Harpootlian is a former state Democratic party chairman and local prosecutor, and currently works as a private attorney.  He said his supporters shared his dissatisfaction with how the Legislature operates, as well as his concern with recent public corruption cases involving elected leaders.

He told The State that he wants to be a “team player.’’  “The team is not the Democratic Caucus, the team is the Senate,’’ he said. “I want to work with Republicans and Democrats to address issues, whether education or transportation or whatever. I want to do that in a bi-partisan but aggressive fashion.’’
Timmons Heads to Congress, Leaving Senate Seat Open
SC Senator William Timmons (R-Greenville) will be heading to the US House to represent District 4 in the upstate.  Timmons received nearly 60% of the vote against his democratic opponent.  

"It is an incredible honor to be elected as your next congressman. I cannot thank you enough for that," Timmons told supporters. "I am going to do everything to make you proud in Washington, and I am going to do everything to help our country continue down the right path."

Timmons will be one of five Republicans representing South Carolina in Congress.  Incumbent Congressmen Joe Wilson (Dist. 2),  Jeff Duncan (Dist. 3), Ralph Norman (Dist. 5), and Tom Rice (Dist. 7) were all re-elected on Tuesday. 

Timmons' move to Congress sets the stage for a special election early next year to fill his state Senate seat. Stay tuned...
A Few Seats Flip in SC House
There were a total of 57 House members and candidates with opposition in the General Election.  Of those, 51 were incumbents. Three incumbents were defeated in Tuesday’s election:  Democrat Patsy Knight (Dist. 97 – Dorchester) and Republicans Bill Crosby (Dist. 117 – Charleston) and Samuel Rivers (Dist. 15 – Berkeley).
 
Knight (46.6%) was defeated by Republican Mandy Kimmons (53.49%).
Crosby (46.28%) was defeated by Democrat Krystal Simmons (52.58%).
Rivers (47.46%) was defeated by Democrat JA Moore (49.73%)

There will be 16 new members in the South Carolina House of Representatives next year, learn a little bit more about each of them below.   To View SCFOR’s full data on the General Election, click here.
Red denotes Republican/Blue denotes Democrat/*denotes flipped seat
William Bailey (Dist. 104 – Horry) 
Bailey has served as the Director of Public Safety for North Myrtle Beach, is a former Horry County Airport Advisory member, and has worked on the South Carolina Supreme Court Task Force for the elderly.  Learn more here. 
Paula Rawl-Calhoon (Dist. 87 – Lexington)
Paula Rawl Calhoon has spent most of her life serving others throughout Lexington County. She has worked on committees to address elder abuse, special needs, juvenile justice, and victim’s rights. She earned a Master’s in Education from USC and is an owner in a small business.  Learn more here. 
Con Chellis (Dist. 94 – Dorchester)
Chellis runs an insurance agency in Summerville and has served as the District 5 Representative on Dorchester County Council since 2016. While on County Council, he spearheaded a large cut in the taxes businesses pay yearly in license fees to make a fairer, simpler system.  Learn more here.
Bobby Cox (Dist. 21 – Greenville)
Cox is a Businessman, Army Ranger, and Citadel Graduate.  He currently serves as the Director of Government Strategy for SIG SAUER where he oversees business development programs for the Pentagon, State Department, and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies. Learn more here. 
West Cox (Dist. 10 – Anderson)
Cox is a lawyer with Cox & Cole in Williamston, South Carolina. After graduating from Clemson, West worked as a real estate agent in the Upstate. West then graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Learn more here.
Kambrell Garvin (Dist. 77 – Richland)
Garvin proudly served as a 6th grade science teacher at Colleton County Middle School in Walterboro, SC for 3 years. He is currently enrolled at the University of South Carolina School of Law where he is a recipient of The Honorable Matthew J. Perry Scholarship. Currently, Garvin serves as a law clerk at Boykin and Davis, LLC.  Learn more here.
Doug Gilliam (Dist. 42 – Union)*
Gilliam is a Combat Veteran and Bronze Star for Valor recipient.  He retired from the military with over 26 years of active federal service. He is currently the JROTC Senior Army Instructor at Union County High School.  Learn more here. 
Max Hyde (Dist. 32 – Spartanburg)
Hyde is the founder of Hyde Law Firm and was also appointed by Governor Nikki Haley to serve on the Spartanburg County Commission for Higher Education. He also has chaired the Spartanburg Community College Foundation Board of Directors and City of Spartanburg Board of Zoning Appeals. Learn more here. 
Mandy Kimmons (Dist. 97 – Dorchester)*
Kimmons is an attorney at her own firm, Mandy W. Kimmons, Attorney at Law, LLC in Summerville, SC.  She is a graduate of the University of SC School of Law and began her career in the public sector. Learn more here.
Randy Ligon (Dist. 43 – Chester)
Ligon has over 30 years of experience as a Farmer, Commercial Realtor, Businessman, and Auctioneer and has lived in the Chester, South Carolina area most of his life. Randy is a 1982 Clemson University graduate and a graduate of the Missouri School of Auctioneering. Learn more here.
Annie McDaniel (Dist 41 – Fairfield)
McDaniel works at McDaniel’s Accounting and Consulting Services in Winnsboro.  She also serves on the Fairfield County School District Board of Trustees.  Learn more here. 
Adam Morgan (Dist. 20  - Greenville)
A graduate of Bob Jones University and the USC School of Law.  Morgan is a licensed attorney and President of Majesty Music, a Christian-based publishing company. Learn more here. 
JA Moore (Dist. 15 – Berkeley)*
Moore is a Lowcountry native, community advocate, and professional chef. He is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University with over 15 years of experience as a chef. Learn more here.
Seth Rose (Dist. 72 – Richland)
Rose is a former prosecutor for Richland County and the founder of Seth Rose, Attorney at Law.  He also served on Richland County Council.  Learn more here. 
Krystal Simmons (Dist. 117 – Charleston)*
Simmons is a mother of five children and an employee at Boeing.  Learn more here.
Shedron Williams (Dist. 122- Hampton)
Williams has served as the Director of Education and Prevention for the ACCESS Network for the past sixteen years. He also serves as the chairman of the Hampton County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Council (HAPPI) and as an executive board member for the I AM Responsible, Reliable, and Respectful Program (IAMR).  Learn more here. 
Click here to view the SC Election Commission's results for ALL races across the state.
Beaufort Approves Penny Sales Tax
Beaufort County voters have approved (56.8%) a one-percent sales tax to pay for transportation infrastructure projects.

County officials have said the referendum would raise $120 million, with about two-thirds of the revenue going toward replacing or retrofitting the bridges to Hilton Head Island. Another $30 million would go toward the Lady’s Island corridor road improvement plan and $10 million would fund road and sidewalk improvements throughout the county.  Learn more about the Beaufort Penny here. 
California Voters Reject Prop 6 Plan to Repeal Fuel Tax Hike
California voters rejected  Proposition 6  to repeal a gasoline tax increase that was passed by the Legislature to fund road and transportation projects.

Proposition 6 took aim at a $5 billion annual funding stream to pave potholed highways, repair crumbling bridges and purchase new bus fleets, among other things. The money comes from a 12 cents per gallon gas tax, a 20 cents per gallon diesel fuel tax, a $25 to $175 vehicle registration fee and a $100 clean air vehicle fee that the Legislature enacted last year as SB1, all of which would have disappeared if voters had approved the repeal measure.

At stake wasn't just the estimated $5.4 billion a year from SB 1 money, but also how California could raise money to pay for any future transportation improvements.  The initiative would have also required state officials to obtain voter approval of all future increases to state gas taxes.

Top Republicans including US House Speaker Paul Ryan and California’s Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox worked to put the initiative on the ballot in hopes of boosting conservative voter turnout for the party’s candidates for Congress and governor. 

Despite efforts from Washington and anti-tax groups, California voters proved Tuesday that people do understand that when it comes to roads, they get what they pay for!
Missouri Voters Reject Fuel Tax
Missouri voters have turned down a proposal that would have raised the state's gas tax to help pay for road and bridge improvements.

Proposition D, voted down on Tuesday, would have increased the state's 17-cent-per-gallon tax, which is among the lowest in the nation, by 10 cents a gallon. In addition to road and bridge repairs, the money would have helped fund the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Republican Gov. Mike Parson campaigned in support of the tax increase, saying the state's infrastructure needs are long overdue.  The Republican-led Legislature referred the measure to the ballot this year by attaching the road funding provisions to a completely different bill that would create an income tax deduction on awards Olympic athletes win.

Missouri voters have a long history of saying no to tax increases. Since voters approved a constitutional amendment in 1996 requiring all tax increases over a certain amount to go to a statewide vote, not a single general tax increase has passed.
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