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South Carolina primaries take place today

The Democratic and Republican parties are holding primaries in South Carolina today (June 11), and the vote count will ultimately decide one race: the race for mayor of Florence.

It will likely come down to two of the three candidates on the ballot – incumbent Teresa Myers Ervin and Councilwoman Lethonia “Peaches” Barnes.

Florence mayoral candidate Lithonia “Peaches” Barnes is running against incumbent Mayor Teresa Myers Ervin and William H. “Cowboy” Williams in the June 11, 2024 Democratic primary in Florence. The Democratic slate is currently running unopposed in the Nov. 5 general election. Multimedia journalist Audra Grant met with Barnes at the candidate's home on June 3 for an interview about the campaign. See “Meet the Candidates: Incumbent Teresa Myers Ervin” for Audra's interview with Ervin. Williams did not respond to interview requests from The Morning News.


They are running as Democrats and currently have no Republican opponent.

William H. “Cowboy” Williams is also on the ballot as a candidate for mayor in the Democratic primary on June 11. Williams did not respond to interview requests from The Morning News.

In Darlington County, the only primaries where Republicans are contested are those for coroner, sheriff and attorney.

Todd Hardee, who has served as the county's coroner for the past 23 years, is running for re-election against retired police officer Brian Lee. The winner of the race will run unopposed in the general election.

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FLORENCE, SC – Florence's mayoral election could be decided next week when incumbent Teresa Myers Ervin faces Lethonia “Peaches” Barnes and William H. “Cowboy” Williams in the June 11 Democratic primary. The Democratic slate is currently running unopposed in the Nov. 5 general election. Multimedia journalist Audra Grant met with Ervin and Barnes for interviews Monday ahead of the primary. Williams did not respond to interview requests from The Morning News.

In the Republican primary for Darlington County Sheriff, voters must choose between two experienced law enforcement officers – Michael August and Jerry Thompson.

The winner will face incumbent Sheriff James Hudson in November. Hudson ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Two assistant district attorneys, Mike Burch and Shipp Daniels, will run in the Republican primary for the position of district attorney for the Fourth District Court.

The winner will face Monty Bell in November. Bell is running unopposed in the Democratic primary.


DARLINGTONSC – Registered Republican voters will go to the polls on June 11 to participate in the Republican primary and decide who will represent the party in the general election on November 11.

Voters can choose which primary elections they wish to participate in, as voters in South Carolina do not register by party affiliation.

Any runoff elections will take place on Tuesday, June 25. Those who participate in the Democratic primary cannot participate in the Republican runoffs and vice versa. A runoff election is necessary if no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote.

A vote in the primary election has no impact on the vote in the general election on November 5.

The early voting deadline was Friday, June 7.

At the polling station, voters must present one of the following photo identifications:

  • SC driving license
  • South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles Identification Card
  • SC Voter Registration Card with Photo
  • Bundeswehr ID
  • US passport

The polling stations are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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