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Midterm elections are right around the corner with two primaries kicking off next Tuesday. But just in case you haven’t been keeping up with the campaigns for the last year, we have you covered.

With one U.S. Senate and seven U.S. House seats up for grabs, along with several state House positions and local seats on the ballot, here’s a one-stop shop for voters ahead of the polls’ opening on Tuesday. 

Big elections to watch

S.C. governor: The governor’s race is packed this year, though most analysts are predicting an easy win for Republican incumbent Gov. Henry McMaster in next week’s primary. Harrison “Trucker Bob” Musselwhite has been a name to watch as an active leader of the state’s MAGA movement. On the other side of the aisle, former U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham and S.C. Sen. Mia McLeod are the top picks for the Democratic primary, but won’t be the only names on the ballot.
The full rundown: 

  • Carlton Boyd (Democratic)
  • Joe Cunningham (Democratic)
  • Mia McLeod (Democratic)
  • Calvin CJ Mack McMillan (Democratic)
  • William H. Williams (Democratic)
  • Henry McMaster (Republican)
  • Harrison Musselwhite (Republican)
  • Mindy L. Steele (Republican)

State superintendent of education: Republican frontrunners are Kathy Maness, who is the executive director of the Palmetto State Teachers Association, and Ellen Weaver, who has collected endorsements from high-profile Republicans but has no formal background in education and does not yet meet the requirement of holding a master’s degree for to serve in the office. She promises she will have the degree by election time by way of an online degree in educational leadership from Bob Jones University. Both Republicans have been vocal supporters of school choice. Democratic candidates include former Anderson County School Board member and educator Gary Burgess (who has run twice for the seat as a Republican), career educator Lisa Ellis and S.C. Rep. Jerry Govan.

The full rundown: 

  • Gary L. Burgess (Democratic)
  • Lisa Ellis (Democratic)
  • Jerry Govan (Democratic)
  • Travis Bedson (Republican)
  • Bryan Chapman (Republican)
  • Kizzi Gibson (Republican)
  • Lynda Leventis-Wells (Republican)
  • Kathy Maness (Republican)

U.S. House, district 1: U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace, R-Charleston, is seeking reelection in what has become the most high-profile congressional primaries this election cycle. She is being opposed by Katie Arrington, who has received an endorsement from former President Donald Trump. Mace, however, has the backing of former S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley. Arrington won the GOP nomination in 2018 only to lose the general election to Cunningham, who flipped the seat for the first time in 32 years. Mace beat Cunningham in 2020. Former Republican candidate Lynz Piper Loomis dropped out of the race at a recent debate, throwing Arrington her endorsement.

  • Kartie Arrington (Republican)
  • Nancy Mace (Republican)

U.S. Senate: U.S. Sen. Tim Scott is up for reelection with a clear path to nomination with no Republican challengers. Three Democrats, however, have lined up to take their shot at the Republican incumbent. 

  • Catherine Fleming Bruce (Democratic)
  • Angela Geter (Democratic)
  • S.C. Rep. Krystle Matthews (Democratic)

Charleston County spots up for grabs

S.C. House District 80: A new district seat in Mount Pleasant stretching from Interstate 526 and Belle Hall through Boone Hall, S.C. House District 80 covers areas of recent residential growth north of S.C. Highway 41 like Dunes West and Park West. 

  • Kathy Landing (Republican)
  • Chris Staubes (Republican)

S.C. House District 112: On the other side of Mount Pleasant, S.C. House District 112 covers the southern half of the town and the Isle of Palms, with other parts of the district stretching up almost to Ten Mile and Chandler. 

  • David Stanley Artushin (Democratic)
  • Stephen Hiilton (Democratic) 
  • Joe Bustos (Republican)
  • Jackie LaPan Edgerton (Republican)
  • Ross Ward (Republican)

S.C. House District 116: House District 116 sits on the opposite side of the peninsula, covering parts of Johns Island, and stretching Northwest to Cottageville and Walterboro and Southwest to Edisto Beach. 

  • Dixie Button (Republican)
  • Matthew Leber (Republican)

Register of Deeds: The recently controversial office has been the center of headlines for the last few years as incumbent Democrat Michael Miller, a Democrat, has consistently fallen short of the expectations of the office. He is facing a tough primary challenge from Karen Lesser Hollings, widow of the nephew of the late U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings. 

  • Karen Lesser Hollings (Democratic)
  • Michael Miller (Democratic)

Probate Judge: Two candidates are vying to fill the seat currently held by Republican Irv Condon.

  • Tamara Cunningham Curry (Democratic)
  • Stephanie Ganaway-Pasley (Democratic)

County Council District 2: Two candidates are fighting in a primary for this East Cooper seat on county council.

  • Chris Gramiccioni (Republican)
  • Larry Kobrovsky (Republican)

County Council District 8: Two Democrats are challenging incumbent Anna B. Johnson for her James Island-Johns Island seat on county council.  One of two Republicans will take on the winner in the fall. 

  • Anna B. Johnson (Democratic)
  • Ronald Ladson (Democratic)
  • Millicent Traeye Middleton (Democratic) 
  • Joe Boykin (Republican)
  • Gene Forney (Republican)

Other statewide primary elections 

Secretary of State

  • Keith Blandford (Republican)
  • Mark Hammond (Republican)

Attorney General

  • Lauren Martel (Republican)
  • Alan Wilson (Republican)

Agriculture Commissioner 

  • Bill Bledsoe (Republican)
  • Rob Rozier (Republican)
  • Hugh Weathers (Republican)

Charleston City Paper has also published a pair of editorials featuring our endorsements for state and local elections:

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