Originally created 06/14/06

Moore wins nomination



Democrat Tommy Moore got his wish to take on Gov. Mark Sanford during the next five months after a decisive win in the Democratic primary Tuesday.

But two other key races appear headed to a runoff between the top two candidates. Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer hung on for a runoff with Mike Campbell for the GOP nomination for Mr. Bauer's job, and Thomas Ravenel and Greg Ryberg will have a rematch for the Republican nomination for treasurer.

With all but one fifth of the precincts reporting, Mr. Moore, the state senator from Clearwater, had 64 percent of the vote to Florence Mayor Frank Willis' 30 percent, with Columbia attorney Dennis Aughtry a distant third at 6 percent.

The question for folks watching the Republican primary wasn't whether Mr. Sanford would win. It was how many would support challenger Oscar Lovelace, and what that might mean for Mr. Sanford's hopes of re-election. Mr. Sanford had 65 percent to Lovelace's 35 percent.

Mr. Sanford told supporters he didn't have a target percentage in mind.

"We were looking for a win," he said, but he credited Mr. Lovelace with running a "spirited, scrapping and resourceful challenger campaign."

He attributed Mr. Lovelace's support to some unpopular vetoes the governor made recently, most notably the canceling of Lexington Medical Center's request for a heart-surgery center.

Mr. Moore started reaching out to Mr. Lovelace's supporters during Tuesday night's victory celebration.

"The folks in the Oscar Lovelace campaign, they've got a home right here because we've been talking about the same issues," Mr. Moore said. "People in South Carolina are very discouraged. They are starving for leadership."

If the GOP gubernatorial primary was viewed as a landslide in advance, the race for state treasurer appeared destined for a runoff from the start with a four-way race for the Republican nomination.

The winner will face Grady Patterson, who has served as state treasurer for 36 of the past 40 years and is the only incumbent Democrat seeking re-election in a statewide race this year.

Attempting to dethrone him were Mr. Ryberg, a senator from Aiken; Charleston developer Mr. Ravenel; former House Majority Leader Rick Quinn; and Easley homebuilder Jeff Willis.

Mr. Ravenel had 48 percent of the vote, not enough to avoid a runoff with Mr. Ryberg, who garnered 26 percent. Mr. Quinn pulled 19 percent, while Mr. Willis claimed just 7 percent.

Mr. Ryberg also challenged Patterson for the state treasurer position in 2002. He drew attention earlier this year by donating $2 million to his own campaign, the largest single donation in state history.

Mr. Ravenel gave $455,000 of his own money to his campaign.

In the lieutenant governor's race, Mike Campbell, son of former Gov. Carroll Campbell, had 46 percent of the vote to Mr. Bauer's 37, with Mr. Jordan taking 18 percent and probably forcing a runoff.

Reach Kirsten Singleton (803) 414-6611 or kirsten.singleton@morris.com.

RESULTS


As of Tuesday night:

DEMOCRATIC NOMINEES


GOVERNOR


Tommy Moore


87,679 votes, or 64 percent, defeated Frank Willis 40,690 votes, or 30 percent and Dennis Aughtry with 7,890 votes, or 6 percent


2,052 of 2,052 precincts reporting



US REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS DIST 2


Michael Ray Ellisor


11,454 votes, or 59 percent, defeated David F White III, 8,052 votes, 41 percent


340 of 340 precincts reporting



US REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS DIST 3


Lee Ballenger


9,588 votes, or 67 percent, defeated Philip M Cheney, 4,660 votes, or 33 percent


354 of 354 precincts reporting



REPUBLICAN NOMINEES

GOVERNOR


Mark Sanford*


159,548 votes, or 65 percent, defeated Oscar Lovelace, 86,692 votes, or 35 percent


2,052 of 2,052 precincts reporting



LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR


Andre Bauer*


110,604 votes, or 45 percent, advances to runoff with Mike Campbell 90,243 votes, or 37 percent. Henry Jordan has 43,353 votes, or 18 percent


2,052 of 2,052 precincts reporting



SECRETARY OF STATE


Mark Hammond*


124,442, or 55 percent, defeated Bill Mckown, 87,494 votes or 39 percent and L.W. Flynn 14,713 votes, or 6 percent


2,052 of 2,052 precincts reporting



STATE TREASURER


Thomas Ravenel


115,493 votes, or 48 percent, advances to runoff with Greg Ryberg, 62,301 votes, or 26 percent. Rick Quinn has 45,660 votes, or 19 percent and Jeff Willis has 16,046 votes, or 7 percent.


2,052 of 2,052 precincts reporting



SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION


Karen Floyd


120,152 votes, or 51 percent, defeated Bob Staton 82,463 votes, or 35 percent, Mike Ryan, 17,246, or 7 percent, Elizabeth Moffly, 10,940, or 5 percent and Kerry Wood, 7,118 votes, or 3 percent.


2,052 of 2,052 precincts reporting



COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE


Hugh Weathers*


130,496 votes, or 57 percent, defeated William Bell, 96,903 votes, or 43 percent


2,052 of 2,052 precincts reporting



HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DIST 81


Skipper Perry*


2,561 votes, or 61 percent, defeated Walter Lamb, 1,644 votes, or 39 percent


22 of 22 precincts reporting



HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DIST 96


Ken Clark*


705 votes, or 35 percent advances to runoff with Kit Spires, 908 votes, or 45 percent. Dean Rawls has 409 votes, or 20 percent.


22 of 22 precincts reporting

* Incumbent