On June 14, South Carolinian’s went to the polls for the 2022 primary. A primary election is held to determine which candidate from each political party will be in the November general election. In South Carolina, voters do not register by party. A voter can choose to vote in the democrat or republican primary, but they may not vote in both.
This was the first year any South Carolinian could engage in early voting. Early voting opened Tuesday, May 31 and lasted until Friday, June 10. Even with the addition of early voting, only 19% of registered voters voted in the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester (BCD) Region primaries.
A special congratulations to Charleston Metro Chamber PAC endorsed candidate Robby Robbins! Robby will be on the November ballot for State House District 97 after winning over 77% of the vote. He will be a valuable business voice in Columbia, and we hope we can count on your vote in November to push him across the finish line.
Additionally, the following PAC endorsed candidates will be on your ballot in November:
- Charleston County Council District 1: Herb Sass
- Charleston County Council District 5: Teddie Pryor
- Charleston County Council District 9: Jenny Honeycutt
- Dorchester County Council District 2: David Chinnis
- Dorchester County Council District 7: Jay Byars
Stay tuned for another slate of PAC endorsed candidates in the Fall! If you are interested in learning more about the Chamber’s PAC, click here.
There were a few other noteworthy races around the Lowcountry. Gary Brewer defeated incumbent Lin Bennett in House District (HD) 114. Kathy Landing secured the votes to win new HD 80. Incumbents Roger Kirby and Cezar McKnight will head into a runoff since neither received 50% of the vote in HD 101. US Chamber endorsed candidate Nancy Mace defeated Katie Arrington to be the 1st Congressional District’s Republican nominee in November.
The Charleston County Register of Deeds race, which does not always garner the most attention, was at the forefront of many business leaders’ minds including the Charleston Home Builders Association and the Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS®. Both organizations endorsed Karen Hollings who defeated incumbent Michael Miller in the democrat primary race. Miller’s tenure at the Register of Deed’s office was fraught with unprecedented delays in recordings and filing of real estate transactions.
For more detailed election results, click here.