State election results bring long lines, familiar results
By M.L. Jordan
Photo by Tom Hilderbrand A long line of voters wait at 10 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.
The lines at polling stations in North Myrtle Beach did not reflect the normal turnout for midterm elections. Lines were long and turnout was higher than average in all 11 districts in Horry County.
However, the results resemble those as in years past, with Republicans keeping their seats.
In key races, Gov. Henry McMaster (R) defeated Democratic challenger James Smith 57 percent to 43 percent, with incumbent Tom Rice (R) keeping the U.S. House of Representatives, District 7 (SC) over Democratic challenger Robert Williams.
However, two of the most important local races saw primary winners Johnny Gardner, Horry County Council Chairman, and William Bailey, S.C. House District 104, go unopposed in the general election. Both will assume their respective offices in 2019.
Other key statewide election results:
S.C. Secretary of State: Mark Hammond (R/Inc.) defeated Melvin Whittenburg (D).
S.C. Attorney General: Alan Wilson (R/Inc.) defeated Constance Anastopoulo (D).
S.C. Superintendent of Education: Republican Moly Spearman won when running unopposed.
S.C. State Treasurer: Curtis Loftis (R/Inc.) defeated Roslyn Glenn (D) and Sarah Work (Amr.).
S.C. Commissioner of Agriculture: Hugh Weathers (R/Inc.) defeated David Edmond (Green) and Chris Nelums (UCP).
Locally, in the face-off for Horry County Board of Education District 1, Republican incumbent Holly Heniford defeated her Democratic challenger Micah Gore.
Regarding the largest local referendum question, support for impact fees, voters responded a resounding yes by a two to one margin. Simply put, the question posed was Horry County Council members wanted to know if voters thought newcomers to the area should pay for infrastructure or if current taxpayers should pay for them.
As in years past, there were scattered reports of individual voting machines malfunctioning and calibration issues with touch screens in different areas across the state, but according to Director of Horry County elections Sandy Martin, there were no major, countywide issues at the polls that she was aware of, despite polling sites being incredibly busy.