Republican Donald Trump defied most projections and polls and won the presidency last night, scoring a sweep of most of the swing states and garnering, as of this reporting, 274 electoral votes.
“Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division; have to get together,” said Trump in his victory speech, given in the early morning hours. “To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.”
Trump easily won the state of South Carolina and the state’s nine electoral votes.
Trump will enjoy Republican majorities in both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House, as the GOP held on to power in both Houses of Congress.
One of those U.S. senators who emerged victorious was South Carolina’s own Tim Scott, who cruised to re-election over Democrat challenger Thomas Dixon.
“We are a hopeful people. We are a people who get up and go to work and get things done. We are an exceptional people,” said Scott. in his victory speech to supporters. “I am confident that while we will face a daunting task around the corners, that in America all things remain possible.”
Every singe one of South Carolina’s congressional incumbents also won re-election.
On a local level, Charleston County voters approved a half-cent sales tax to fund local roads and infrastructure.
On the eve of the election, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg had told Palmetto Business Daily that “Our infrastructure is in such need that we need to step up to the plate to provide the necessary funding for roadway improvements and public transit.”
In Horry County, voters passed the RIDE III referendum that would raise some sales taxes by one percent to fund local roads and infrastructure.
"Horry County voters have spoken loud and clear, saying 'we want more roads and better roads,’" said Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, reports the Sun-News.