[image-1]The unofficial results are in for this week’s primary runoff elections. The Charleston area races consisted of contests between Republican candidates, so let’s take a look at who came out on top for the Grand Old Party.

The Republican race for the Senate District 34 seat left vacant by Sen. Ray Cleary went to Stephen Goldfinch. The state House member won by a 4 percent margin, topping opponent Reese Boyd, who was backed by Gov. Nikki Haley. Goldfinch is a proponent for small government who was one of the sponsors backing a recent bill aimed at prohibiting federal restrictions on firearms.

West Ashley lawyer Sandy Senn claimed victory in the runoff for state Senate District 41. Senn pulled in 58 percent of the votes against fellow candidate Roy Maybank in her first attempt at political office. Senn ran on a platform that included promises to defend 2nd Amendment rights, improve infrastructure, and encourage more conservation easements to preserve undeveloped land.

Over in the GOP contest for state House District 110, William Cogswell Jr. defeated Russell Guerard by almost 6 percent. Aiming for Rep. Chip Limehouse’s former seat, Cogswell runs the local development company that revitalized the Cigar Factory.

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