The Richland County GOP held a pizza party Thursday night at which it took a straw poll to see who local Republicans favor in the June 10 primary — and the results are pretty interesting.
There were 156 ballots, though not every person who filled out a ballot voted in all races. Keep in mind that this is an informal poll of a self-selected group of voters. Also, these votes don't reflect the official position of the Richland County GOP.
Now for the results.
In all the races featuring an incumbent, the incumbent won overwhelming support — including Lindsey Graham, who catches a lot of criticism from some GOP quarters:
US Senate (unexpired term):
Tim Scott- 143 votes
Randall Young- 9 votes
US Senate (expired term):
Lindsey Graham- 93 votes
Bill Connor- 28 votes
Det Bowers- 16 votes
Lee Bright- 7 votes
Richard Cash- 4 votes
Nancy Mace- 4 votes
Benjamin Dunn- 3 votes
2nd Congressional District:
Joe Wilson- 146 votes
Eddie McCain- 10 votes
Curtis Loftis- 124 votes
Brian Adams- 25 votes
Commissioner of Agriculture:
Hugh Weathers- 119 votes
Joe Farmer- 29 votes
Bob Livingston- 148 votes
James Breazeale- 8 votes
In the lieutenant governor's race, former Attorney General Henry McMaster has a solid lead over his opponents, though Lowcountry developer and Haley ally Pat McKinney has a sturdy base, too:
Henry McMaster- 70 votes
Pat McKinney- 41 votes
Mike Campbell- 22 votes
Ray Moore- 14 votes
In the race to see which Republican will get clobbered by Democratic Rep. Jim Clyburn in the general election, Leon Winn has the lead:
6th Congressional District:
Leon Winn- 71 votes
Anthony Culler- 38 votes
And in the contentious, wide-open race for superintendent of education, the former deputy superintendent — endorsed by current superintendent Mick Zais — has the lead, though not by enough to avoid a runoff:
State Superintendent of Education:
Meka Bosket Childs- 52 votes
Molly Spearman- 37 votes
Sally Atwater- 21 votes
Don Jordan- 15 votes
Sheri Few- 11 votes
Amy Cofield- 8 votes
Elizabeth Moffly- 6 votes
Gary Burgess- 4 votes
Make your own beer and wine!
Come get started on your “liquid hobby” and help us celebrate our 46th year in the Columbia area. Bet Mar Liquid Hobby Shop, 736 St. Andrews Road. Click to find out how!
A Healthy Happy Hour
4-7 p.m at Good Life Cafe on Main St. Try our $4 local draft beers, $4 organic wine, 1/2 off select bottles of house wine and $5 handcrafted house cocktails with juices cold pressed and made daily. Click here for more info.
Trustus Theatre Presents Evil Dead, The Musical
This musical version of Sam Raimi’s cult classic films promises to serve up more humor than horror. You can read more and purchase your tickets here.
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage is offering 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
New Downtown Dessert and Coffee Bar!
Tony’s Italian Eatery has teamed up with Southern Charm Sweets to bring you the highest quality dessert selection in the downtown area. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2. Find us on Facebook!
Happy Hour and Sushi Specials All Week
Red Bowl in Lexington now has great early bird and late night sushi specials 7 days a week, as well as 99-cent kids meals on Saturdays! Click here for special information and hours.
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18:
U.S. Security Associates
Now hiring immediately for armed and unarmed security officers. WE TRAIN YOU! Columbia & surrounding areas. ussecurityassociates.com
Real Estate Spotlight
Concord Park From the $150’s. Off 12th St. Extension. 803.419.2227. mungo.com
Click here for more real estate.
WATERFORD APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Prime location, and plenty of space. Live large at Waterford Apartments. Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 1340 Longcreek Dr., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
GABLE HILL APARTMENTS 1, 2 & 3 BR’s available with many amenities. Surround yourself with Southern comforts at Gable Hill Apartments! Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 310 Ross Rd, Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
ST. ANDREWS COMMONS APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Close to everywhere YOU WANT TO BE! 1200 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
Donate Plasma Today & Be Somebody’s Hero For Life. You could earn up to $400 a month! Program and fees vary per location. Contact your local center today. 803-736-5888. Click here for more info