Tuesday headline: Polls are open until 7:00 p.m.

Lines are expected to be faster than normal at polling places across the state, as about a third of registered voters in South Carolina cast ballots ahead of today, Election Day. More than 615,000 registered voters in South Carolina took advantage of No Excuse Early Voting, officials have reported.

The biggest battle in South Carolina is over the governor, which pits Democratic nominee Joe Cunningham against incumbent GOP Governor Henry McMaster. A win for either candidate will make history. A win for Cunningham will mark SC’s first Democratic governor in 20 years, while McMaster’s win would make him the state’s longest-serving governor. Another key race is for the state superintendent of education which pits Democratic teacher Lisa Ellis against Republican politician Ellen Weaver.

Charleston voters will also decide who will represent South Carolina’s 1st congressional district in the battle between Republican incumbent Nancy Mace and Democratic challenger Dr. Annie Andrews. To meet with all Charleston County candidates, Click here.

Polling stations are open until 7 p.m.

In other titles:

SC Legislature to Reconvene to Amend Abortion Law. A conference committee of state senators and House members will meet once again Wednesday morning to try to broker a compromise between the state House and Senate on the abortion law.

Tropical storm warning issued for SC Residents of SC can expect strong winds and precipitation on Friday and Saturday as Tropical Storm Nicole approaches the southeast coast of the United States.

Murdaugh may be a witness in the Laffitte trial. Former attorney Alex Murdaugh may be called as a witness in the federal trial of former bank CEO Russell Laffitte. Laffitte will go on trial Nov. 8 in Charleston on charges related to interactions with Murdaugh. The trial is expected to last two weeks.

Charleston honors band founder Gullah Geechee. Community members in Charleston and North Charleston honored Johanna Carrington on November 7, officially declaring it Johanna Carrington Day for her service in the community. Carrington founded the Gullah Geechee group, helping to educate about the heritage of the Geechee people across the Southeast.

SC gas prices climb to $3.25/gallon. Statewide gas prices rose an average of 3.5 cents last week, bringing the average price per gallon to $3.25.

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