End result democratic education should avoid race runoff

COLOMBIA, SC ( Associated Press) – South Carolina’s Board of Elections meets Friday to finalize the results of this week’s primariesWhich confirms that Democratic Superintendent of Education candidate Lisa Ellis narrowly avoided a runoff.

The 3 p.m. meeting would certify all races in South Carolina, but the Democratic superintendent primary was the only statewide race long enough to leave any questions about the outcome.

Ellis, who founded the SC for Ed teacher advocacy group, received 50.1% of Tuesday’s vote, according to unofficial results from the South Carolina Election Commission. If his 366-vote margin of more than 50% is proven, he should avoid a runoff that is required if no candidate gets a majority. Anderson County School District 4 Superintendent Gary Burgess came second with 31% of the vote, and State Rep. Jerry Govan received 19% of the vote.

Ellis’ Republican opponent will be determined in the June 28 runoff. Kathy Manes, executive director of the Palmetto State Teachers Association, was the top vote-getter with 31% and will face Ellen Weaver, CEO of the conservative think tank and former state education oversight committee chair, who finished on 23%.

The other statewide runoff would be for the Democratic nomination for the US Senate, Between author and conservationist Katherine Fleming Bruce and State Representative Crystal Matthews.

They finished first and second in the three-candidate primary, where all three women received more than 32% of the vote. Only 4,500 votes separated first place from last, with over 171,000 ballots.

Election officials are also expected to order recounts in three state House races when less than 1% of the vote separates candidates. In a Republican Lexington County race, unofficial results showed Representative Micah Kasky won by just 25 votes. In a State House race in Spartanburg and Cherokee counties, the second and third place winners were separated by 14 votes for the purpose of running out for an open seat. In the Richland County Republican primary, just four votes separated the challengers.