SC Voter Turnout Heavy, But Not a Record

South Carolinians took to the polls in mass on Tuesday to cast their vote for President, the US House of Representatives, the SC House and Senate and a slew of local offices throughout the state. Many voters braved long lines amidst heavy turnout and a voting machine shortage that has left Richland County election officials in hot water.

And while many predicted a record turnout in 2012, 66% of South Carolina's registered voters cast ballots Tuesday, 10 points shy of the historic 76% that took to the polls in 2008.  McCormick County led the charge with almost 78% of registered voters casting ballots, while Berkeley County brought up the rear with a 61% voter turnout.

As expected, Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney handily won South Carolina, but it wasn't enough to overcome President Obama's overwhelming advantage throughout the rest of the nation. All of South Carolina's Congressional incumbents kept their seats, and Repulican Tom Rice clinched the newly drawn 7th District by a 12 point margin over Democratic challenger Gloria Tinubu. For a full breakdown of the South Carolina elections, including Federal, State and County results, you can visit the South Carolina Election Commission at