Primary Races at a Glance

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By Rochelle Dean

(WOLO) COLUMBIA,S.C., --There are some big races set for today and many firsts for the anticipated primary race.

One of the most highly contested races this year is for the u-s senate seat and the 6 year term that comes along with it.

This year there are two seats to fill now that Senator Jim Demint stepped down to accept a job outside of state government.

With 7 GOP candidates and 2 Democratic candidates everyone is trying to make sure their platform is heard loud and clear, especially state Senator Lindsey Graham who is trying to get a nod ahead of several competitors vying to pull his current rank.

But there are other races that have also gained more notoriety than in years past. including the Lieutenant Governor's Race.

There are only 4 GOP candidates trying to gain the nomination of their party. Whoever wins the nomination will face off against the only democratic nominee Bakari Seller's in November.

Another first - a resignation leaving a seat open and the man appointed for the job by the governor back in 2012 -
fighting against 4 candidates to maintain his position as a u-s Senator.

Incumbent Tim Scott will now have to see if the voters think he can reclaim the seat and finish the remaining two years of the term he's already started. Finally education - a race so packed it could lead to a possible June 24th run off for the 12 candidates trying to become south carolina's next state superintendent.

All of them looking to pick up where current superintendent Mick Zais who did not seek re-election - left off. One of the main issues that's become the focal point of this year's match up is whether to do away with federal learning standards also known as common core .

The measure was put in place by Dr. Zais but may now face review or even repeal depending on who is chosen to take office.

Polling locations are open 7am- 7pm.

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