We’re tracking election results for two special elections today. The first is in South Carolina, where the seat in the 18th State House District is vacant after Republican Tommy Stringer resigned citing health struggles he is facing due to Parkinson’s Disease. The 18th District lies in northeast Greenville County including parts of the cities of Greer and Taylors. No Democrats filed to run in this solid red district, but there are four Republicans vying for the seat in a primary. If no candidate achieves a 50%+1 majority of the vote, the top two vote-getters will advance to an April 5 runoff election. We will have the election results once polls close at 7 p.m. (EDT)
In New York City, State Assembly District 43 is vacant after Democrat Diana Richardson resigned after being selected to be deputy borough president of Brooklyn. The 43 District lies right in central Brooklyn. There are three candidates running to replace Richardson. The Democrats nominated Brian Cunningham who has held multiple senior staff positions for local legislators from central Brooklyn. The Working Families Party set up another battle with the local Democratic machine by nominating their own candidate in Jelanie DeShong, who has worked for both progressives such as Jumaane Williams, and more moderate Democrats such as Governor Kathy Hochul. Mesidor Azor will appear on both the Republican and Conservative Party lines on the ballot. Former assemblymember Richardson originally won this seat in a 2015 special election appearing on the Working Family Party’s line. Polls close at 9 p.m. (EDT) and we will have election results below once they do.