SC voters go to polls after absentees hit record

      Over 100 people waiting to vote at Masonic Lodge Temple (WCIV)

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina voters will go to the polls to select their picks for president, Congress and the Legislature, and to decide whether future governors can choose their running mate.

      Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

      Republican Mitt Romney is expected to handily win South Carolina's nine electoral votes.

      The winner of the new 7th congressional district could be the only change to South Carolina's U.S. House delegation. The state's four freshmen congressmen face foes with little cash in heavily conservative districts. Three of the Democratic challengers are in their first political race. The state's lone Democratic congressman, Rep. Jim Clyburn, is expected to trounce a Green Party opponent, while Rep. Joe Wilson faces no opposition at all.

      Only a half-dozen legislators face strong opposition.