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Election 2010

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Harrison Rearden, poll manager of the Meadowlake precinct for the last 35 years, helps to direct the constant flow of voters. Harrison Rearden, poll manager of the Meadowlake precinct for the last 35 years, helps to direct the constant flow of voters.
Signs are clustered around the entrance of the Greenview precinct. Signs are clustered around the entrance of the Greenview precinct.
Rusty DePass, poll manager of Ward 24 at the precinct Kilbourne Baptist church, said the flow of voters has been steady, but slow. Rusty DePass, poll manager of Ward 24 at the precinct Kilbourne Baptist church, said the flow of voters has been steady, but slow.
Poll manager Kay Durham and Britne Johnson process voters Ward 25 at the Kilbourne Baptist church precinct. Poll manager Kay Durham and Britne Johnson process voters Ward 25 at the Kilbourne Baptist church precinct.

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Republicans - Columbia Convention Center 12:00 a.m.

Nikki Haley finally makes her way to podium to give her victory speech. "My goal was always to get you to care. If I could get the people to care, we could make history by changing the way government runs," Haley says.

"To every citizen in South Carolina, regardless of how you voted, I'm gonna get to work for you, and I'm gonna try and make you proud," she says. "So, while this election is going to be considered historic, you know what is going to make this election historic? It's going to be the work we do for you in January," she says.

Democrats - 701 Whaley 11:30 p.m.
Vincent Sheheen is in the corner of the room, smiling and shaking hands, surrounded by a crowd.  He makes his way to the podium. "Congratulations to Governor-elect Haley," he says. "I look out into this crowd and just like me you wished wth all your might we could take this state in a new direction."

"It was so close," he says. "I have no regrets, no regrets. ... At the end of day I can honestly say we fought the good fight, we completed the race, we kept the faith."

Republicans Columbia Convention Center 11:10 p.m.
Everyone is overcome with joy. People are cheering, crying and talking about what they expect from Haley as governor. Everyone is crowded around the podium in anticipation of Haley's arrival.

Democrats - 701 Whaley St. 11:00 p.m.
Vincent Sheheen expected any moment to appear and issue concession to Republican Nikki Haley. He has spent the night watching at home with his family. Finally showed the numbers on the screen and silence fell on the crowd with many putting their backs to the screen. The mood is deflated and people are starting to leave.

Amendments 3 & 4 pass - 11:05 p.m.
Amendments 3 & 4, increasing the state funding going into its "rainy day" accounts, pass. Amendment 4 also requires replenishing rainy day fund before offsetting midyear budget cuts.

Democratic and GOP election HQ
Despite AP call for Haley, Democrats acting like it hasn't been officially announced yet. Whispers going through crowd.

At Republican gathering, crowd getting ready to hear from Haley.

Amendment 2 - secret union votes - passes 10:49 p.m.
AP declares that Amendment 2 requiring secret ballots for union representation elections has passed.

Haley declared governor 10:42
AP declares Republican Nikki Haley governor.

Wilson declared winner 10:40 p.m.
Republican Joe Wilson declared winner of the 2nd Congressional District by AP. Beating back Rob Miller for the second time and got the same percentage of votes as he did in 2008.

701 Whaley - Democratic Party 10:25 p.m.
There are over 600 people at the event. There is a little less excitement when numbers are released. When Demint came on the news, everyone booed.

Tim Scott elected U.S. Rep., District 1 10:20 p.m.
Tim Scott, first black Republican elected to Congress from the Deep South since Reconstruction. Former Charleston County councilman.

Hunting, fishing amendment passes- 10:10 p.m.
The AP declares the amendment that makes hunting and fishing a state constitutional right has passed. Wide margin.

701 Whaley - Democratic Party 10:00 p.m.
The mood is optimistic and confident. Marjorie Johnson, who is running for secretary of state, said she is very touched by all the support.

Gowdy declared winner in U.S. House 4 9:50 p.m.
The AP declares Republican Trey Gowdy the winner in District 4. Beat Democrat Paul Corden and others.

Columbia Convention Center - Republican Party 9:50 p.m.
A limo of Nikki Haley supporters from Aiken arrives with eight enthusiastic voters dressed in red. One of the Aiken comers Zee Homoki says her group has "been supporting Nikki for 10 months, back when she was 'Nikki Who.'" The group walks in while the race is neck and neck at 49 percent Haley, 49 percent Sheheen.

Clements talks about goals in the elections 10:00 p.m.
Clements said his main goal was to present a challenge to Jim Demint. He also wanted to raise issues, specifically, "protect and strengthen Social Security, protecting the education department, a focus on developing clean, sustainable energy and ensuring government spending went to creating jobs, something that didn't occur under the Recovery Act."

701 Whaley - Democratic Party 9:30 p.m.
The event is jampacked with everyone gathered around two floor-to-ceiling projector screens. "Born in the USA" is blaring in the background. There are eruptions of cheers every time percentages show up on the screen. The mood is lighthearted and excited.

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center - Republican Party 9:00 p.m.
Gov. Mark Sanford just arrived. He says he is optimistic for tonight and hopes the best for Nikki Haley. "I think there is a thirst for change in the way things have been done in Columbia," Sanford says. He calls Haley "a new and bright, shining star with Republican Party ranks both statewide and nationally, pushing on some themes that voters in South Carolina have been waiting for a long time."

Duncan declared winner 8:50
AP declared Republican State Rep. Jeff Duncan winner for the 3rd Congressional District.

Clyburn declared winner 8:45
AP declared Jim Clyburn winner in District 6.

Amendments passing 8:45
It appears all four Constitutional Amendments will pass easily. All are receiving more than 70 percent yes votes. Amendment 1, to make hunting and fishing a right, so far receiving 93 percent votes.

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center - Republican Party 8:30 p.m.
Still no sign of candidates. Republican supporters continue to pile in. The room cheers as Jim Demints' name flashes across the big screen as U.S. Senate winner at 62 percent. The room gets louder with word that Nikki Haley is at 53 percent. All eyes are on the numbers.

Home of Tom Clements' campaign manager 8:20 p.m.
Green party candidate Tom Clements just arrived at the his campaign manager's home. He  is greeting the approximately 20 supporters there. They are watching the election results on television. The mood is upbeat, although AP has already declared Demint winner of the Senate race.

WISTV reports Sheheen at 56 percent , Haley 43 percent and Reeves 1 percent. 7:50 p.m.

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center - Republican Party 7:05
As guests arrive, the room is filled with hopeful smiles and excitement. From the grilled vegetables and pita chips to top-shelf liquor, it looks like the Republicans are ready for a night of celebration. Media, staff and supporters continue to await the candidates' arrivals.

Based on exit polling, Jim Demint has been re-elected to the U.S. Senate, according to AP. 7:03 p.m.

Polls are now closed. 7 p.m.

Benedict College refutes reports of voter intimidation on campus
Students voters trying to use only their student ID cards are creating some controversy on campus. See all the details at The State website.

AP reports heavy voter turnout across the state

Lexington County Election Commission - 3:30 p.m.
Office manager Carolyn Bledsoe reported that things are running smoothly for the Lexington County precincts.  She said voter turnout is heavier than average for a mid-term election.

Old Friarsgate - 7900 Broad River Road 3:20 p.m.
It has been a smooth day so far. Out of 1,200 registered voters, 436 have voted. The lines were packed this morning with about a 15-minute wait. The five machines have not experienced any problems.

Poll operater Verneta Reiley said that there have been more young people voting than usual and that there were about 20 people waiting to vote this morning. Reiley has been operating polls for the past 45 years.

Historically, this precinct has been considered a "swing" precinct, meaning the majority is just as likely to vote Democratic as it is Republican.

West Columbia # 2 - Turner Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church 3:00 p.m.
Turnout has slowed down since the morning and 179 of the 663 registered have voted, according to poll manager Cookie Holmes. There is no line and the the four machines have had no problems. The turnout is smaller compared to the 2008 election, when the line was all the way out the door at times.

Historically, this precinct has voted very Democratic.

Chalkhill - 546 Gardners Terrace Road 2:40 p.m.
Voter flow has slowed down since this morning. At 2 p.m. 675 out of roughly 2,400 registered voters had voted. Poll manager Tommy Glenn said all is going well and that there have been no major problems. Glenn has been the manager of the precinct since 1965.

Voter Brenda Earl said the most important issues this election are the economy and the war, and she hopes that Congress can come together after this election and get some answers for the American people.

Historically, this precinct has voted very Democratic.

Oak Pointe - 1 River Bottom Road 2:20 p.m.
Voter flow has slowed down since this morning when the wait was 45 minutes, according to poll manager Collette Swann. About 500 have voted out of the 1,400 registered and there is a 20 minute wait. All 10 machines are working, and poll spokesman John McCants said there has been an increase in curbside voting compared to past elections, as many of the voters are older than 50.

Historically, this precinct has been considered a "swing" precinct, meaning the majority could vote either Republican or Democratic.

Ward 25 - 4205 Kilbourne Road 1:20 p.m.
Turnout has been average in compared to years passed, according to poll manager Kay Durhan. There's been a steady flow since the precinct opened in the morning, but it has slowed down and there is no wait time currently. About 530 have voted so far out of the 1,541 registered, and all five machines are working. Durhan has been the poll manager at this precinct for 40 years.

Historically, this precinct has voted very Republican.

Ward 24 - 4205 Kilbourne Road 1:20 p.m.
Poll manager Rusty DePass is disappointed with the turnout so far. DePass reports 280 have voted out of the 918 registered. At times there are no voters at the precinct and the wait time thoughout the morning has been very short.

There are no problems with the four machines and there's a good mix of voters across ages. This precinct has voted heavily Republican in recent elections. DePasse is the former chairman of the state's election commission.

Historically, this precinct has voted very Republican.

Ard campaign manager faces charges in "robocall" case
The campaign manager for Republican lieutant Governor candidate Ken Ard will face charges for making "robocalls" and has agreed to surrender to the State Law Enforcement Division, WIS reports.

The State has a nice photo gallery of Nikki Haley and Vincent Sheheen voting.

Some problems reported - WIS Report 1:00 p.m.
The Polo Road Elemetary precinct in Richland County had some trouble opening up this morning but is up and running now. In Kershaw County at the Elgin Town Hall precinct the sheriff's and school board race are not on the ballot and voters are being sent to Camden to vote. Read the full report here.

Providence Church - 840 Old Chapin Road 12:50 p.m.
There's been a heavy turnout in the morning as 900 have voted by noon out of the 2,230 registered according to poll manager Gail Caldwell. It's a steady flow now and the wait time is about 15 minutes. Voters are talking among themselves and there's a good mix of young and old people. Caldwell said the amendments on the ballot have caused voters to take longer at the poll.

Historically, this precinct has voted very Republican.

Quail Valley near Harbison - 12:40 p.m.
Brad Warthen, political blogger and former editorial page director of The State, reports on his Twitter feed that 500 voters have shown up. Poll worker says 700 to 800 for the day is normal. Precinct tends to vote Republican, but not too far out of line of statewide results the past two elections.

Greenview Park - 6700 David Street 12:30 p.m.
Poll manager Thernell Scott said there's been a steady flow throughout the day. The wait time is about 20 minutes and there has been no problems with any of the seven machines. So far about 450 voted out of about the 1,200 registered. Scott said the turnout is similar to the last four years he has been poll manager. This precinct has voted democratic in the recent elections.

Meadow Lake - 1000 Beckman Road 11:45 a.m.
Traffic "robust," according to Harrison Reardon, poll manager. About same as 2008 so far. About 45 people on line, 20-minute wait. So far 425 voted out of about 2,500 registered. Reardon has worked the polls for 35 years.

Leaphart Road - Pineview Baptist Church 11:40 a.m.
So far 125 out of 723 voters. Three people voting and three online at this swing precinct. Pol workers say it's been quiet, with no more than 10 people at one time.

Coldstream - Nursery Road Elementary 11:00 a.m.
Lines are getting longer. Poll workers Paula Langston and Amy Long said working the polls has been fun and they are impressed by the turnout. There are few young people, as mostly families and older people live in this precinct's neighborhood.

People have been keeping to themselves for the most part. But Mary Kennerly, former principal of Nursery Road Elementary, has been standing outside of the polling place urging people to vote Roberta Ferrell for Lexington-Richland District 5 school board.

South Carolina Election Commission 10:50 a.m.
Spokesman Chris Whitmire said he has been hearing of moderate, steady and heavy turnouts at the more than 2,100 precincts in the state. This morning saw heavy turnouts creating long lines. No precincts have been light, he said.

There have been a few problems, such as poll managers being locked out of buildings and unable to open polling places, but nothing widespread or out of the ordinary.

Coldstream - Nursery Road Elementary 10:20 a.m.
Since polls opened about 340 people, or 14 percent of eligible voters in the precinct, have voted. Of the six voting machines, one was malfunctioning and was replaced at 9 a.m. There's still a steady flow of voters, mostly couples and individuals arriving by car.

Coldstream - Nursery Road Elementary 10 a.m.
Steady, with about 30 people on line. Poll workers say it was very busy early, with people lined up outside the door. About a 30-minute wait. District tends to lean Republican.

Seven Oaks precinct - Irmo High School 9:40 a.m.
The mood is orderly and quiet as a steady influx of mostly couples and individuals cast their vote and leave. There's little conversation among voters and no complaints.

Quail Valley precinct - St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church 9:40 a.m.
It's been reported that there were already lines when the polls opened at 7 a.m, but wait times decreased after 8 a.m.  By 9:40 a.m., 300 people had voted already. I was told there
were lines when the polls opened at 7, but the wait went down after 8, with some voters waiting only 10 minutes by 9:40 a.m. There were about 12 people in line 10 minutes later.

Seven Oaks precinct - Irmo High School 9:15 a.m.
After an initial rush of voters as polls in the library of Irmo high school opened at 7 a.m., the lines have calmed down since 8 a.m. There is still a steady flow of voters, most arriving by car. About 165 people have showed up to vote since polls have been open. So far, the six voting machines are working fine.

Woodland Park (behind VA Hospital) between 8:55 a.m. and 9:15 a.m.
Steady flow of voters into the building, but eight machines kept the line consistently moving along at a good pace. Fastest I've been in and out of there (to vote) in years - Bruce Konkle.

Sandlapper - Sandlapper Elementary School 9:00 a.m.
Voter Kenneth Campbell reports a steady flow with the wait time about 20 minutes. Voters are talking among themselves and there's a good mix of young people in their 20s to middle-aged voters in their 40s. All seven machines are working.

Ward 15 - Melrose Park 8:15 a.m.
Voter Jay Bender said there was a 20 minute wait in line to vote at this precinct this morning. Bender reports a diverse group of voters but said he didn't see many young voters. All of the machines are working fine and voters are discussing football and baseball among other things while waiting to vote.



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