Primary election runoffs decide statewide races, finalize candidates for November

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Published: Jun. 28, 2022 at 6:54 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - June’s Primary Election left some races undecided. Tuesday’s runoff polls close at 7 p.m., giving voters the opportunity to finalize who heads on to the November election.

WIS will be updating election results as they come at the link here.

Two statewide races are being decided Tuesday evening. The South Carolina Democrat U.S. Senate Race Runoff and the South Carolina Superintendent of Education Republican Runoff.

In the Senate runoff, Catherine Bruce and Krystle Matthews are vying to run against incumbent Tim Scott (R) in November. In the final days of the race Matthew’s campaign has faced controversy after a leaked call audio. She said in an interview, “It should also not be lost on anyone that this doctored audio from February, leaking this close to the runoff, is nothing more than a political hit job.”

The AP called the race for Matthews at around 9:30 p.m.

In the superintendent race either Kathy Maness and Ellen Weaver will run against Lisa Ellis (D) in November. Ellis won her primary and stepped down from her role at SC for Ed to prepare for the election.

WIS’s Chris Joseph spoke with both candidates Tuesday. The race pits Kathy Maness, the Palmetto State Teachers Association Executive Director against Ellen Weaver, the President and CEO of the conservative think-tank Palmetto Promise Institute.

Maness received the support of the current superintendent Molly Spearman, who endorsed her. Weaver earned the endorsement of the third place finisher Travis Bedson.

Both candidates have traded jabs during the campaign over their conservative and educational qualifications. At around 9:20 p.m. Maness conceded after the AP called the race for Weaver.

At around 9:30 p.m. the South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Drew McKissick said in a statement,

“Congratulations to Ellen Weaver on winning the runoff election for State Superintendent of Education! We look forward to working together to ensure our school system puts the needs of our children first and does not focus on a one-size-fits-all approach in the classroom. Further, we intend to keep this seat in Republican hands and can’t wait to beat Democrats in November when South Carolina elects Ellen as the next State Superintendent of Education.”

Kathy Maness and Ellen Weaver
Kathy Maness and Ellen Weaver(Photos used with permission by WIS 10)

In the leadup to the runoff both Republicans and Democrats had challenges to races which were denied by the state parties.

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In Richland County, Chakisse Newton won the County Council District 11 race with 60.99% of the vote.

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