By Charles Warner firstname.lastname@example.org
June 25, 2014
UNION COUNTY — Turnout for Tuesday’s Democratic and Republican runoffs was less than a third of the turnout for the party primaries earlier this month.
Unofficial results show a total 673 Union County residents voted Tuesday in the runoff compared to 4,210 in the June 10 primaries.
As in the primary, voters had to choose between the Democratic and Republican ballots when casting their votes. In the June 10 primary 3,206 of the voters that participated chose the Democratic primary while 1,004 chose the Republican primary. On Tuesday, 340 of the voters that participated chose the Democratic runoff while 333 chose the Republican runoff.
The highest turnout for the runoff was in Ward 2 where 45 people voted. The lowest turnout was in Monarch Box 2 where only six voted.
The runoff featured only three races compared to the primary which featured a total of 12 races including 10 for statewide office and two for local office as well as a total of five advisory referendums.
Tuesday’s runoff was held because no candidate for the Republican nominations for Lieutenant Governor and State Superintendent of Education and for the Democratic nomination for State Superintendent of Education received a majority of the vote in the primary.
The runoff for the GOP nomination for Lieutenant Governor pitted Mike Campbell against Henry McMaster. Campbell received 159 votes while McMaster received 172 votes.
The runoff for the GOP nomination for State Superintendent of Education pitted Sally Atwater against Molly Mitchell Spearman. Atwater received 215 votes while Spearman received 114 votes.
The runoff for the Democratic nomination for State Superintendent of Education pitted Sheila C. Gallagher against Tom Thompson. Gallagher received 201 votes while Thompson received 135 votes.
The Union County Election Commission will meet Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office to certify the results of Tuesday’s runoff.