Incumbents take early lead

  • Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Monica Kreber/Journal Scene Larry Hargett and supporters are tracking the poll results from Kings Grant tonight.

Incumbents appear to be improving their leads as more precincts report in.

With seven of 23 precincts reporting, incumbent Rep. Chris Murphy now has a narrow lead over his challenger, County Councilman Larry Hargett. The vote stands at 376 to 350.

In the Statehouse 94 race, incumbent Rep. Jenny Horne holds a comfortable lead over her two challengers. In Dorchester precincts reporting so far, she has 64 percent of the vote. Her district also includes a portion of Charleston County.

In the local County Council races, incumbent Jay Byars has 63 percent of the vote, with three of 16 precints reporting, and incumbent David Chinnis has 55 percent of the vote, with five of 13 precincts reporting.

In statewide races, meanwhile incumbent U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is performing well despite the “fire Graham” sentiment expressed by many voters. He has 61 percent of the vote with three of 46 counties reporting. In Dorchester County, he has 57 percent of the vote, with 25 of 81 precincts reporting.


In very early results, incumbents are taking the lead in local elections in Dorchester County.

In the council races, Councilmen David Chinnis and Jay Byars each have 59 percent of the vote against challengers Scott Inabinet and Lester Dempsey.

Most of the results haven’t been reported yet, however.

Incumbent Rep. Jenny Horne is holding off her two challengers with 67 percent of the vote thus far.

In the House 98 race, though, County Councilman Larry Hargett is reversing the trend, garnering 54 percent of the vote against incumbent Rep. Chris Murphy so far.

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