COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) - The deadline to file for the 2014 South Carolina election has closed , and it has some politicians hitting the campaign trail a little earlier than expected.
"There are a lot of primary challenges," said Robert Oldendick, a Political Science professor at the University of South Carolina.
Oldendick says he doesn't anticipate many upsets with the incumbents, which include Gov. Nikki Haley, Senator Lindsey Graham and Senator Tim Scott, among other politicians. Oldendick says that incumbents have a great deal of advantages such as name recognition and a proven track record.
"It allows them to emphasize the positive things that they've done while they've been in office," added Oldendick.
Their ability to raise money for a successful campaign plays a role as well, along with support from interest groups throughout the state.
"If you're a challenger, people have to find out things about you. You have to spend more of your campaign finances at the beginning of the campaign to get your name out there," said Oldendick.
But there is always room for error. Oldendick says having experience in office can also be ammunition for the opponent if that politician has taken a position or voted on a policy that was not beneficial to the constituents.
Voters will head to the polls for the primary election on June 10th.