Setzler, Caskey win state House seats
Lexington Two gets new board member
On a night that spelled ruin for Democratic candidates in South Carolina and nationwide, state Sen. Nikki Setzler (D-West Columbia) managed to buck the trend.
Setzler on Tuesday defeated Republican challenger Brad Lindsey (R-West Columbia) for the District 26 Senate seat he’s held for nearly 40 years. Setzler won with 12,228 votes to Lindsey’s 8,565.
District 26 covers parts of Aiken, Calhoun, Lexington and Saluda counties. Setzler, who had been heavily targeted for defeat by the SCGOP, was first elected in 1976 and is the most senior member of the state Senate.
Meanwhile, in the S.C. House Seat 89 race, Republican Micah Caskey defeated Democrat Rosamunda “Peggy” Butler and Constitution Party challenger Robert Lampley. Caskey scored 8,163 votes, far ahead of Butler with 4,542 votes, and Lampley with 551.
House Seat 89 is the seat being vacated by the retirement of GOP Rep. Kenny Bingham of Lexington.
Caskey is an attorney who worked for the 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. He recently opened a private law practice in West Columbia.
There were two contested seats on the Lexington County School District Two School Board and a new board member was elected.
Challenger Kevin Key received 6,778 votes to gain a seat on the board. He outpaced incumbent Glen Conwell, who received 6,652 votes.
Meantime, Bill Bingham was reelected with 8,871 votes; Beth Branham was reelected with 9,705 votes; and, Cindy Kessler was reelected with 11,167 votes.
Challenger Ken Scheller had 5,457 votes, but was not one of the top four vote-getters.