Opponents challenge U.S., local seats in primary today

  • Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 12:01 a.m.
    UPDATED: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 5:49 p.m.
High school students LeMario Tyler, left, and Jabril McKevie pack voting machines at the Aiken County elections office.
STAFF PHOTO BY ROB NOVIT High school students LeMario Tyler, left, and Jabril McKevie pack voting machines at the Aiken County elections office.

Today's election will have implications for seats in the South Carolina Congressional Delegation, as well as seats in the Statehouse.

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is being challenged this year by six opponents in the primary.

His opponents are: Columbia Pastor Det Bowers who, according to USA Today, is the best-funded of Graham's competitors; Charleston business owner Nancy Mace; S.C. Sen. Lee Bright, R-Spartanburg; Anderson County businessman Richard Cash; Orangeburg attorney Bill Conner; and Columbia attorney Benjamin Dunn.

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., will be running against Eddie McCain in the House Republican primary. McCain is a U.S. Army veteran who retired after 20 years in 2009.

The polls will be open today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In addition to Graham's and Wilson's races, voters also have the opportunity to cast ballots for statewide races, such as lieutenant governor and superintendent of education and, depending on their precincts, the S.C. House District 84 seat and two Aiken County Council seats.

If necessary, primary run-offs will be held on June 22.

A voter ID is required to cast a ballot. Voters must bring with them either a South Carolina driver's license, an ID card issued by the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, a U.S. passport, a federal military ID or a South Carolina voter registration card with a photo.

If voters do not have a current form of ID, registered voters can receive a voter registration card with a photo from the Registration and Elections Office by providing their date of birth and the last four digits of their Social Security number.

The Registration and Elections Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information about what individuals need to vote, how to vote or where to vote, visit www.scvotes.org or call the Aiken County Registration and Elections Office at 803-642-2028.

To see a sample ballot for your precinct, visit 1.usa.gov/1f7x4MF.

The general election will take place on Nov. 4.

The deadline to register to vote in the general election is Oct. 4.

Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard. He joined the paper in June 2013. He is originally from Vidalia, Ga., and a graduate of Georgia Southern University. Follow him on Twitter @DerrekAsberry.

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