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Update: The results are in. Here are links to the articles about the winners in the 2012 general election.
- Loveless Ready to Take Incumbent's Seat on District 5 Board
- Beth Carrigg Beats Joan Guy for Lexington County Clerk of Court
- Richland County Voters Pass Sales Tax
State and Federal
- Barack Obama Re-elected President
- Mitt Romney Wins South Carolina
- Courson Leads in District 20 Race
Original story: Today is Election Day. Irmo-Seven Oaks voters face a slew of choices. Here’s a look at what to expect:
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2:08 p.m. Long lines continue at some precincts in Richland County.
Reports of wait times of between 45 minutes to four hours reported at Ballentine, River Springs and Oake Pointe elementary schools.
Rep. Nathan Ballentine, who is running unopposed in District 71, tweeted he would push for early voting after reports of long lines and wait times of at least four hours in several precincts in Richland County.
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10:51 a.m. Major delays reported at several area polls.
In addition to Friarsgate, there are also long lines in Dutch Fork and Ballentine (click for full story).
10:07 a.m.: Lines continue to grow
Line at Dutch Fork just continues to grow a twitter follower reported.
10:05 a.m.: Voter reports long wait at Ballentine Elementary.
Kelly Payne tweeted to us that there is a significant wait time at Ballentine Elementary precinct.
10 a.m. Poll manager says Friarsgate Park is down two machines.
Poll manager at Friarsgate Park in Irmo area said 2 of 4 machines have been down since the polls opened.
Two more machines are supposed to be sent to location. Voter said they have been waiting at least three hours.
Voters said they will stay in line until they can vote. At least three voters we talked to said there were more machines at the precinct in 2008.
9:53 a.m. Road packed with traffic.
Chadford Road packed with cars, line out the door at Friarsgate.
9:05 a.m.: Poll worker talks about turn out.
Poll worker at Seven Oaks said 223 out of 1,500 registered voters cast ballots. Crowd is small compared to 2008, he said..
Usually voters out early in the morning. He said he thinks it could be because people voted absentee. He's worked the polls for 20 years.
9 a.m.: Education Drove Young Voter to Poll
At Seven Oaks Elementary School, first-time voter Ashley Elm, 19, said she was nervous but excited to vote.
She said she thinks young voters will be out in full force because they are concerned about their education.
7:40 a.m.: Polls Open, Lines Forming
At Right Direction Christian Center on St. Andrews Road, there was already a strong line before the door opened.
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Democrat Robert Rikard will face longtime GOP Sen. John Courson for Senate District 20. The race has turned nasty at times. There's also a candidate for the Green Party, Scott West.
Republican incumbent Sen. Ronnie Cromer, of Prosperity, defeated challengers in the primary. Cromer faces no Democratic opposition in the general election for District 18.
State House of Representatives
Rep. Nathan Ballentine, R-Richland, and Rep. Chip Huggins, R-Lexington, are seeking re-election for District 71 and District 85, respectively.
Richland County voters will vote whether or to increase the county sales tax by a penny in an initiative that could generate $1 billion for transportation projects. For more on the measure click HERE.
Lexington County Council
More than half of the candidates are running as petition candidates after they were removed from the June primary ballot.
There are six candidates running for Lexington-Richland 5 school board.
Check out what they had to say during one of three public forums. Four of the six candidates also wrote letters talking about their qualifications and why they decided to run.
Voters will vote to fill two seats in Lexington County and one seat in Richland County. Candidates were asked to fill out a questionnaire, which has been posted on the district's website. To view Lexington County candidate responses, click here. For Richland County, click here.
Lexington County Clerk of Court
- Joan Waggoner Guy (D)
- Beth Carigg (R)
- Gary Watts
- Leon Lott
Clerk of Court
- Jeanette McBride
11th Circuit Solicitor
- Donnie Myers
- James R. Metts
Solid and Water District Commission
- John Green is running as a petition candidate
Lexington County Council District 6
- Johnny Jeffcoat
- Jim Eckstrom (R)
- Chris Harmon (R)
- Harry Harman (R)
Register of Deeds
- Debbie Gunter (R)
Solid and Water District Commission
- Brent Weaver is running as a petition candidate
Check out all the action from the June 12 primary here.