HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – South Carolina State Sen. Luke Rankin, a 24-year incumbent, emerged victorious in the Republican race for the District 33 seat during Tuesday's primary.
Rankin had 5,013 votes to Horry County businessman Scott Pyle's 3,953, or 56 percent to 44 percent of the total vote, according to unofficial results.
The incumbent senator's race against Pyle grabbed the attention of not only Horry County, but Gov. Nikki Haley, who endorsed the challenger.
A different state Senate race ended Tuesday with a runoff scheduled.
In the GOP primary for the S.C. State Senate District 34 seat, Stephen Goldfinch and Reese Boyd will meet in the June 24 runoff.
Goldfinch, the current state House representative for District 108, received 43 percent of the total vote, or 3,232 votes, according to unofficial results.
Boyd totaled 3,094 votes and 41 percent of the total.
The winner must get at least 51 percent of the total vote. The other two challengers, Joe Ford and Dick Withington, received 852 and 399 votes, respectively, according to the unofficial results.