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Tuesday’s primary election saw some former President Donald Trump-backed GOP candidates advance to the next round of voting in November, toppling longtime incumbents like U.S. Rep. Tom Rice, who previously voted in favor of Trump’s impeachment. Other races, however, like the high-profile S.C.-1 election saw Trump’s favored candidate Katie Arrington fall short against incumbent U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace, whose endorsement from former S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley may have given her the edge needed to come out on top.

More than 100,000 casted their ballots early, thanks to a change in election law that allowed for no-excuse voting ahead of election day, according to the S.C. Election Commission. More: Charleston City Paper, The State, WCBD TV, The Post and Courier, Associated Press, The Washington Post, The New York Times 

In other headlines: 

Charleston Animal Society issues heat-stress alert for working animals. The Charleston Animal Society is urging people to look after their companion and working animals as a sweltering heat wave sweeps across the Lowcountry. More: WCSC TV

DHEC reports more than 10,000 new cases of Covid-19, 5 deaths on Tuesday. State health officials on Tuesday reported 10,035 total new cases  of Covid-19 — an increase over last week’s 8,913 — and four total new deaths, compared to last week’s two. As of June 14, 283 Covid-19-positive individuals were hospitalized, and 11 were on ventilators. Compared to last week’s 266 hospitalizations and five ventilators. More: Charleston City Paper

North Charleston breaks ground on Park Circle project. The City of North Charleston on Wednesday is breaking ground on a community development in the popular Park Circle neighborhood. More: WCSC TV

U.S. failed to stop fraud in Covid loan program, Clyburn says. The U.S. government failed to take basic steps at the start of the coronavirus pandemic to prevent fraud in a federal aid program intended to help small businesses, according to the head of a congressional panel. More: The Post and Courier 

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