- Associated Press - Monday, June 25, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Here are several things to know about Tuesday’s primary runoff in South Carolina:

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THE RACES

The main event is the runoff between Gov. Henry McMaster and businessman John Warren as McMaster tries to win a full term. But there is another statewide GOP runoff too.

Attorney General Alan Wilson received 48.6 percent of the vote in the June 12 Republican primary, but 50 percent is required to win outright. So he faces state Rep. Todd Atwater on Tuesday to decide who wins the GOP nomination.

Corruption has been the theme of the race. Atwater said Wilson tried to stop a Statehouse corruption probe to help his political consultant. Wilson’s campaign said Atwater voted on bills that directly affected the South Carolina Medical Association when he was its chief executive.

There are also four separate major party U.S. House nominations up for grabs, including who will likely replace U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy in the 4th District as both the Democratic and Republican nominations are up for grabs.

On the GOP side, former state Sen. Lee Bright is facing current state Sen. William Timmons. For the Democrats, businesswoman Lee Turner faces businessman Brandon Brown for the nomination in the district around Greenville and Spartanburg.

In the 7th District, voters will decide between state Rep. Robert Williams and economics and government teacher Mal Hyman for the Democratic nomination to face Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Rice in the district that stretches from Florence to Myrtle Beach

And in the 2nd District, a nasty Democratic campaign between Army veteran Sean Carrigan and civil rights attorney Annabelle Robertson ends. The nominee will face Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson in the western South Carolina district that includes Aiken, Barnwell and Lexington counties as well as parts of Orangeburg and Richland counties.

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TURNOUT

Conventional wisdom says runoffs typically see significantly fewer voters than primary elections. The numbers in South Carolina show mixed results.

The last hard-fought Republican governor’s runoff was in 2002, when Mark Sanford beat then Lt. Gov. Bob Peeler. The runoff saw just fewer than 3 percent of the voters who cast ballots in the primary.

But other races have seen steeper declines. In the 2004 U.S. Senate GOP runoff between Jim DeMint and David Beasley, turnout dropped more than 11 percent in two weeks. DeMint finished second in the primary but won the runoff.

And in the hotly contested 2012 Republican runoff in the newly formed 7th Congressional District, turnout dropped 20 percent as Tom Rice came from second to beat Andre Bauer in the runoff.

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WHO CAN VOTE?

Anyone who is registered to vote can cast a ballot with one catch - people who voted in a party primary on June 12 have to vote in that same party’s runoff.

So anyone who voted for James Smith, Phil Noble or Marguerite Willis earlier this month for governor in the Democratic primary can’t vote for McMaster or Warren on Tuesday in the Republican runoff.

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WEATHER

No surprises here. Tuesday will be a typical summer day in South Carolina with highs in the upper 80s or 90s, with the humidity making it feel hotter and chances of an afternoon thunderstorm pretty much anywhere in the state.

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