Republicans increased their dominance across the Lakelands, knocking off a three-term state senator, a long-time coroner, a two-term sheriff and a county councilman in Tuesday’s high-turnout election while maintaining all seats the party currently holds.
About 100 million votes had already been received nationwide before the first polling location opens today, a sign this year will outpace 2016’s voter turnout despite the COVID-19 pandemic as Americans decide whether to keep President Donald Trump or elect former Vice President Joe Biden.
In-person absentee voting continues today and Monday, even as a record number of ballots have already been cast ahead of Election Day.
Presidential candidates this cycle spent at least $3.5 billion — yes, billion — to sway voters on who should be elected commander-in-chief during a record-setting cycle.
Lakelands voters will be casting their votes in a historic election filled with increased absentee voting and pandemic-related precautions. For those who haven’t already voted, here are a few things you should know before going to the polls on Tuesday:
Medical staff at local hospitals continue caring for patients as the coronavirus pandemic continues, with Self Regional Medical Center having admitted more than 480 patients with COVID-19 so far this year.
Gov. Henry McMaster was in Greenwood on Thursday to stump for and endorse candidates ahead of Tuesday’s election. State Rep. John McCravy welcomed him to the Lakelands.
Former two-term sheriff Tony Davis is seeking to unseat incumbent Greenwood County Sheriff Dennis Kelly, with each boasting more than three decades of law enforcement experience.
Half of Ware Shoals’ town council seats are up for grabs, and voters will decide from six candidates who they want representing them in the city’s government.
Abbeville City Councilman Jim Grant faces a challenge from Matthew Gambrell for the District 8 seat. Both tout their abilities as problem solvers.
The race for Abbeville mayor is one of the busiest races in the area, with Mayor Santana Delano Freeman facing three challengers: Trey Edwards, Joshua Baughman and Eric Delgado.