ELECTION RESULTS: Voters decide 2022 South Carolina primary runoff

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Published: Jun. 28, 2022 at 1:46 AM EDT
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GREENVILLE, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Polls for the South Primary runoff elections closed at 7 p.m. and results are starting to come in.

ELECTION RESULTS

Republican Nominee for Superintendent of Education

The race for Superintendent of Education was crowded as current Superintendent Molly Spearman announced that she is not seeking reelection. However, the race for the Republican nomination was decided on Tuesday night

Ellen Weaver won the runoff race against Kathy Maness and will represent the Republican party in November’s general election.

Ellen Weaver
Ellen Weaver(Provided by campaign)

Weaver is a graduate of Bob Jones University who worked for U.S. Senator Jim DeMint. She believes in school choice. She also opposes critical race theory and COVID-19 mandates for schools.

Maness is the executive director of the Palmetto State Teachers Association and was endorsed by incumbent state Superintendent Spearman.

The results from tonight's race

Democratic Nominee for U.S. Senate

Krystle Matthews won the Democratic nomination on Tuesday night, beating Catherine Fleming Bruce in the runoff election.

Krystle Matthews
Krystle Matthews(Provided by campaign)

Matthews is the state Representative for South Carolina’s District 117. She serves on the committees for Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs, and Operations and Management.

Bruce is an author and activist. She believes in healthcare for all and supports the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

Democratic Nominee for S.C. House District 25

This race for the Democratic nomination for S.C. House District 25 came down to Derrick Quarles and Wendell Jones on Tuesday night. Jones won the nomination after the results from Tuesday’s runoff came in. He will move on to the general election this fall.

Wendell Jones
Wendell Jones(Provided by campaign)

Following the initial race that ended in this runoff, multiple challengers filed petitions claiming Quarles is ineligible to run for office due to a previous felony conviction.

The S.C. Democratic Party later voted to deny the motions and decided that Quarles was eligible despite the conviction.

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Quarles is a community activist known for helping start the Upstate Chapter of Black Lives Matter (BLM). He believes in ideas such as securing voting rights in South Carolina, reforming the criminal justice system, and expanding access to medical care.

Jones, the founder and Senior Pastor of Changing Your Mind Ministries, supports Protecting voting rights, investing in affordable housing, reforming the criminal justice system and increasing the minimum wage.

Democratic Nominee for S.C. House District 30

Brian Lawson won Democratic Nomination, beating out Jimbo Martin.

Brian Lawson
Brian Lawson(Provided by campaign)

Brian Lawson, the Director of Operations at American TransMed, outlined support for first responders, veterans, education, and improving infrastructure as some of his most important issues.

At this time, it doesn’t appear that Martin has a website where he’s outlined his main issues.

Republican Nominee for Greenville County Council District 19

Benton Blount defeated incumbent Willis H Meadows for the Republican Nominee for Greenville County Council District 19,

Republican Nominee for Cherokee County Council District 2

Bill Blanton took down Jeff Finley for the Republican Nominee for Cherokee County Council District 2

Democratic Nominee for Greenwood County Council District 3

Johanna Bishop won the Democratic Nominee for Greenwood County Council District 3. He defeated Melissa Spencer in Tuesday’s Race.