06/10/2014 09:12 pm ET Updated Jun 11, 2014

South Carolina Primary Results: Lindsey Graham, Brad Hutto Win Nominations

Voters in South Carolina have selected incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) and Democratic state Sen. Brad Hutto to face off in November's general election for the state's open Senate seat.

As the Associated Press reports, Graham and Hutto easily won their respective primaries Tuesday. Graham faced a crowded field of six other Republicans, including state Sen. Lee Bright, while Hutto bested his sole rival, businessman Jay Stamper.

The Huffington Post's Amanda Terkel reported on the Republican primary earlier this week:

The question has become not so much whether Graham will beat his six GOP challengers Tuesday, but will he get more than 50 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff? Last year, many conservatives who consider Graham too liberal -- because he voted for President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominees and wasn't opposed to immigration reform -- felt he would be prime for a defeat by a tea party candidate. Graham has even been repeatedly censured by Republicans in his own state. The congressman, however, has benefited from a significant fundraising advantage and polls show him with a commanding lead over the field.

Graham is expected to easily win the general election in the heavily Republican state.



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