Despite Election Day mishaps, voters pick Ard as next Lt. Governor

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James Ard (Source: Florence County Detention Center)
James Ard (Source: Florence County Detention Center)

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - Voters chose Republican Ken Ard to succeed Andre Bauer as South Carolina's next Lt. Governor.

Despite making headlines Tuesday morning after his son was arrested for DUI and a campaign consultant was in trouble for making robocalls, Ard defeated Democrat Ashley Cooper.

Ard took 56 percent of the vote with 91 percent of precincts reporting, compared to Cooper's 44 percent.

Ard is a Florence County councilman and former co-owner of a truck body business founded by his father. He says he would use the office to forge a business-friendly climate.

On Tuesday, Ard's son, James Ard, 20, of Effingham, was booked at the Florence County jail shortly before 6 a.m. Tuesday. According to the Florence County Sheriff's Office, Ard was released just after 10 a.m.

In addition, the state law enforcement division obtained six warrants for Ken Ard's campaign consultant, Robert Cahaly. Cahaly is being charged for making robocalls. Cahaly has made arrangements to surrender to SLED agents Wednesday.

Bauer is leaving after running unsuccessfully for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.

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