SC runoff races to follow primaries; medical marijuana bill passes

- The results of South Carolina's primary elections are in.

Hundreds of thousands turned out Tuesday night to cast their first votes for governor, secretary of state, attorney general and one vacant representative seats. 

Another big item on the ballot was a bill that would allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana. Voters were overwhelmingly in support of the bill, with 82 percent voting in favor. 

RELATED: Medical marijuana could be legalized in South Carolina

Incumbent Gov. Henry McMaster, an early supporter of President Donald Trump, was forced into a runoff for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. He was the top vote-getter in primary voting but failed to win the 50 percent necessary to avoid a runoff. He and Greenville businessman John Warren will face off in a second contest on June 26.

The winner of that race will face longtime state Rep. James Smith in November. Smith won the Democratic nomination on Tuesday after leading the pack in fundraising, endorsements and name recognition, besting Charleston consultant Phil Noble and Florence attorney Marguerite Willis.

Two Democratic candidates for house representative for District 7 will also head into a runoff race. Robert Williams missed the majority vote by just under 10 percent, and will face off against candidate Mal Hyman later on. Tom Rice easily swept opponent Larry Hammond for the district's Republican seat. 

Republican Mark Hammond held onto the title of Secretary of State, while incumbent Alan Wilson may be heading into a runoff race with Todd Atwater for Secretary of State as he narrowly stayed under the 50-plus-one mark throughout the night. 

Results will be finalized on Wednesday. You can view more election results here

 

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