By Shana Bethea, Emily Pacillo and Caroline Springs
South Carolina voters have re-elected Nikki Haley to her second term as governor. Haley beat out Democrat Vincent Sheheen Tuesday for the second time in the governor's race.
Unofficial but final returns from Tuesday's election show Haley won by a wider margin than in the 2010 governor's contest against Sheheen. Governor Haley won Tuesday's election with almost 56 percent of the votes.
Haley is the 42-year-old daughter of Indian immigrants who is the first minority and first female governor in South Carolina. Haley campaigned on her record of creating jobs in South Carolina.
Republican Henry McMaster will be returning to a statewide office. The former State Attorney General will sit as South Carolina's lieutenant governor alongside Haley. McMaster won more than 60 percent of the votes in the general election.
The Republicans continued their winning streak with Tim Scott being re-elected U.S. Senator. Scott was appointed to the post in 2012 when Jim DeMint left mid term.
This was his first time actually running for senator. He was elected against Democratic Joyce Dickerson and American Party representative Jill Bossi.
Scott also made history with his win, becoming the first African American Senator elected in South Carolina since 1881.
Scott discussed his monumental win via his twitter account.
"In South Carolina, in America, it takes a generation to go from having a grandfather who is picking cotton, to a grandson in Congress. We are thankful for the trailblazers who came before us and said the status quo was not enough. I stand on the shoulder of giants,'" tweeted Scott.
Scott celebrated his win singing "Wagon Wheel" by country singer and fellow Charleston native Darius Rucker.
Scott will be up for re-election in 2016.
Senator Lindsay Graham also was re-elected as South Carolina's senior U.S. Senator. He won his third term over six other Republican primary opponents.
In more election news, Lexington county voters have rejected a proposed penny sales tax that would have funded road and other projects. The raised sales tax would have funded 92 different projects across the county from roads to building updates.
The tax increase was crushed 2-1 and would have lasted eight years. The increase, to 8 cents from 7 cents, would have raised $268.1 million for improvements for roads, water, sewer, drainage, and other projects like community centers, walking trails and parks around the county.
Opponents called it a “political Christmas spree” where the money would have been used for community improvements like parks and walkways, and not for expanding traffic-clogged roads..
County Councilman Ned Tolar of West Columbia says they need to go back to square one and come up with something that makes better sense. This was the first countywide ballot on a sales tax since 2004.