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Here's what the primary elections mean for South Carolina

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COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) -- Absentee voting has been underway ahead of Tuesday’s primary election in South Carolina.

Voters like Glenn Welsford took advantage and got his votes in early. “We have the democratic and republican offices up for grabs,” Welsford said. "I just pray for those in elected office that God will give them wisdom because it's tough it’s a tough job."

Historically, turnout in primaries are low. Experts predict a competitive race and a higher turnout than prior years.

What does this primary election mean for South Carolina?

The election is a step in the process of narrowing down the list of candidates who will appear on the November ballot for several offices.

For South Carolinians, the governor's race is a big one to watch. Robert Oldendick a political scientist professor at the University of South Carolina said there are more candidates in this race than usual. “With an incumbent governor,” Oldendick said. “We have four challengers it’s a little bit different usually an incumbent doesn’t face that strong a challenge.” Two different advisory questions are at the end of both ballots. Voters will only see the questions assigned to their party's ballot.

For a complete list of candidates and more information about Tuesday's primary election, you can click here.

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