Updated results: If you don't see election results above, click this link.
Update: The results are in. Here are links to stories about who won the races in Lexington.
- How Katrina Shealy Defeated Sen. Jake Knotts
- 4 Elected to Lexington One School Board
- Carrigg Beats Guy for Lexington County Clerk of Court
- Setzler Holds on to District 26 Seat
And at the state and federal level:
- Obama Defeats Romney; Congressional Incumbents Win Easily
- How Mitt Romney Won South Carolina
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1:00 p.m.: Voting Slows at American Legion
Less than 50 people were standing in line to vote around 1 p.m. at the American Legion off Harmon Street.
Liz Shealy was standing in line around that time. She said she didn't expect to wait too long because the line was pretty short and moving fast.
But earlier in the morning when the polls were just opening, there were so many people that there wasn't any parking available.
Shealy said her husband came to vote around 7:30 a.m. and had to wait more than 45 minutes.
The race that really drew Shealy to the polls was the State Senate District 23 race between Katrina Shealy and Sen. Jake Knotts. Shealy said she supports Katrina Shealy (but is not related to her).
"Some of the comments that (Sen. Jake Knotts) has made, they don't represent me," Shealy said. "He says he's for the people, but I don't think he's for all people."
12:20 p.m.: Election Commission to Deploy Additional Machines
"Voter turnout is up tremendously," said Dean Crepes, director of the Lexington Election Commission.
"We're trying to get more machines out. I have a few machines left."
Crepes said the biggest problem has been with change of addresses. People thought that they had changed their address and they hadn't, so there's been some confusion on the part of voters in that area.
He said things are running smoothly other than long lines.
But hopefully getting some more machines to some of the precincts will help, he said.
11:40 a.m. Candidate for Mayor 2013.
Tripp Newsome is collecting signatures at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church today to get on the 2013 ballot as a candidate for mayor.
10:44 a.m. Candidates collecting signatures for 2013.
Town councilman Ted Stambolitis is collecting petition signatures to run for re-election in 2013 at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church.
9:40 a.m. The Haleys are standing in line.
Gov. Nikki Haley and First Gentleman Michael Haley are standing in line to at Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church
9 a.m.: Gov. Haley Expected to Vote this Hour
Gov. Nikki Haley and First Gentleman Michael Haley are expected to vote between now and 10 a.m. at Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church in Lexington.
The line at the church was 125-people long when the doors opened this morning (see photo).
7:30 a.m.: Polls Are Open
More than 200 people stood in line at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church on Highway 378 when polls opened at 7 a.m. (see photo).
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7: 30 a.m.: Dreary Election Day
The forecast for today is a dreary one, with a high in the low 50s and clouds and showers on and off throughout the day. Be careful out there.
The race for State Senate District 23 has been long and bitter between incumbent Jake Knotts (R) and petition candidate Katrina Shealy. By himself, Knotts is a perpetual news machine, but when the ballot mess broke in the Spring and it appeared Shealy might be bounced from the ballot, the plot thickened even more. Ultimately, Shealy qualified as a petition candidate and eventually secured the endorsement of the state GOP.
Lexington County Council
Eleven candidates will be on the November ballot for five seats on Lexington County Council. More than half of the candidates are running as petition candidates after they were kicked off the primary ballot in June.
Lexington 1 School Board
Four seats are up for election on the Lexington School District 1 Board of Trustees. Twelve candidates are in the running for those seats.
School Improvement Councils held three forums for the school board candidates in October where candidates discussed issues such as iPads in the classroom, the size of classes, vouchers and funding for school programs.
Lexington County offices
Seven Lexington County offices are up for election, including sheriff, clerk of court, auditor, coroner, register of deeds, treasurer and a seat on the Soil and Water District Commission. Six of the seven races are uncontested. View a complete list of the candidates for the county offices.
Apart from the races for county offices, two other races in Lexington County are uncontested. The candidates running for these seats will still appear on the ballot, but are guaranteed to win since they have no opposition.
Here's a complete list of the uncontested races:
- Lexington County Council District 4: Debbie Summers
- Lexington County Council District 6: Johnny Jeffcoat
- Sheriff: James R. Metts (R)
- Treasurer: Jim Eckstrom (R)
- Auditor: Chris Harmon (R)
- Coroner: Harry Harman (R)
- Register of Deeds: Debbie Gunter (R)
- Soild and Water District Commission: Brent Weaver - petition candidate