Election 2020
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South Carolina candidates file as virus throws election calendar into question; all but 1 Sumter incumbent seeking re-election

The field is set for South Carolina's 2020 primaries leading up to the November general election, though the COVID-19 pandemic has opened the doors to questions surrounding how the elections will be conducted. South Carolina's Democratic and … more

Filing opens Monday for 2020 election and ends March 30

The field of prospective candidates running for a host of local, state and national seats affecting Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties will begin to look clearer starting Monday. Filing opens at noon on March 16 for political offices ranging from … more

City Councilman Hastie running for mayor of Sumter

The mayor's race in Sumter appears it will have a contested field. Calvin Hastie Sr., Sumter City Council representative for Ward 3, announced his intention to run for the city's top seat come November. Mayor Joe McElveen announced last month he … more

New voting machines helped increase absentee numbers in Sumter

Sumter County saw a strong absentee voter turnout in Saturday’s Democratic presidential primary and is following the statewide results trend that led to Joe Biden being declared winner minutes … more

Biden declared winner of South Carolina just after polls close

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Joe Biden scored a convincing victory in South Carolina's Democratic primary on Saturday, riding a wave of African American support and ending progressive rival Bernie … more

LIVE ELECTION RESULTS – South Carolina Democratic presidential primary

Here are the latest results for the Democratic presidential primary in South Carolina.   more

Sumter County seeing light but steady turnout for presidential primary

Voter turnout has been light but steady for the first half of the day in Sumter County, according to election officials. Precincts were all up and running by 7:05 a.m., said Pat Jefferson, … more

Joe Biden, Tom Steyer and Pete Buttigieg visit Sumter ahead of primary; polls open at 7 a.m.

Three of the seven candidates vying for the Democratic presidential nomination visited Sumter Friday, the day before South Carolina holds its primary. Joe Biden, who has had longstanding support from South Carolina and Sumter, appeared Friday … more

Biden backed for experience, attends rally at Sumter center

Long before the doors opened at 9:30 a.m., Sumter residents and neighboring community members gathered outside of Mt. Zion Enrichment Center in support of former Vice President Joe Biden's presidential campaign on Friday. Just before the … more

Steyer visits Sumter, says he supports $125B for HBCUs over 10 years

The billionaire activist and self-proclaimed political outsider in the Democratic presidential field who says he has the experience necessary to change the culture in Washington stumped in Sumter on Friday morning. Tom Steyer spoke to a crowd of … more

Buttigieg stresses contaminated water near Shaw as need for reform

He's not endorsing anyone, but the mayor of Sumter shared something special with the mayor of another city making a run for president. After about an hour of talking to and with a crowd of about 130 at American Legion Post 15 on Friday evening, … more

Polling locations for Sumter, Clarendon, Lee presidential primary

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday for the Democratic presidential primary. For results, stay tuned at TheItem.com. SUMTER COUNTY POLLING LOCATIONS BATES – Bates Middle … more

Some voters will vote at different precincts in Clarendon County for Saturday primary

MANNING - The 2020 election year gets into full swing Saturday with the South Carolina Democratic Presidential Preference Primary. Polls in Clarendon County will open Saturday at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Several polling locations will be … more

Lawmakers, Sumterites endorse presidential primary candidates

With the Democratic presidential primary occurring this Saturday in South Carolina, Sumter Democrats are gearing up to vote for who they think will defeat President Donald Trump in the 2020 election. Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg and Tom Steyer will … more

Steyer courts voters that Biden needs for win

GEORGETOWN - Joe Biden's political future depends on convincing South Carolina's black voters to rally behind his flagging campaign. But Tom Steyer has spent millions trying to win those same voters and visited a historic black church in this … more

Biden nabs endorsement from Sumter's Clyburn before South Carolina primary

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, a Sumter native who is the highest-ranking black member of Congress and the kingmaker of South Carolina's Democratic political orbit, on … more

In S.C., Buttigieg faces black voters wary of gay candidate

CONWAY - South Carolina state Sen. Gerald Malloy is fine with a gay presidential candidate like Pete Buttigieg. His older male relatives are not - and that may be the defining challenge of Buttigieg's campaign. As Buttigieg tries to sustain his … more

5 questions before the Democrats' South Carolina debate

Seven Democratic presidential hopefuls face off Tuesday night in South Carolina for the 10th Democratic debate. Five questions ahead of that forum: HOW DOES SANDERS HANDLE ATTACKS? Vermont Sen. … more

Democratic presidential primary candidates set sights on S.C. and Sumter

Democratic presidential candidates vying for their party's nomination are converging on South Carolina ahead of its Saturday primary, kicking the week off with a debate tonight in Charleston. Seven candidates have qualified for the debate, which … more

Lee County sheriff seeks 3rd term, wants to continue fight against drugs

Seeking a third four-year term in office, Lee County Sheriff Daniel Simon wants to continue his service and treat the county and its citizens with honor and respect. "It has been an honor to represent the citizens of Lee County for the past four … more
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