UNION COUNTY — Two more ballots were counted but the additional votes did not change the outcome of Tuesday’s Democratic and Republican primaries in Union County.
The Union County Election Commission met Thursday morning in the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office to certify the results of the primaries.
Chairman Keith Vanderford said that two ballots — one in the Democratic primary and one in the Republican primary — that were not counted Tuesday were counted during the certification process. Vanderford said the ballots were not initially counted because of questions at the precincts about whether or not the voter was registered in Union County. He said that they were allowed to cast a provisional ballot which was held until their registration status could be determined, at which time their votes were counted.
The only local races in Tuesday’s primaries were the race for the Democratic nomination for Union County Supervisor and for the Republican nomination for the SC House District 42 seat.
Initial results in the race for supervisor showed District 2 Union Councilman Frank Hart winning the Democratic nomination with 2,133 votes to incumbent Supervisor Tommy Sinclair’s 1,048 votes.
Vanderford said Thursday that the Democratic ballot counted Thursday morning added one vote to Sinclair’s total increasing it 1,049.
His winning the nomination means Hart will be the next supervisor as no Republican is running for the office in the November general election.
SC House District 42
Initial results in the race for SC House District 42 showed former Clinton mayor David Tribble Jr. winning the Republican nomination with 881 votes to Buffalo farmer and businessman Mark Cathcart’s 779 votes.
District 42 is composed of Union County and part of Laurens County. In Union County, initial results showed Cathcart getting 631 votes to 324 votes for Tribble.
Vanderford said the Republican ballot counted Thursday morning added one vote to Cathcart’s total increasing it to 632.
The Laurens County Election Commission reported Thursday that Tribble’s certified total was 557 and Cathcart’s 148. This amounted to an additional six votes for Cathcart in Laurens County, which when combined with his certified total in Union County raised his overall total to 786 votes
There were candidates running for statewide office in both the Democratic and Republican primaries on Tuesday and three of those races remain undecided as none of the candidates running received more than 50 percent of the vote.
Union County Voter Registrar Darlene Pettit said that the runoffs, which will be held Tuesday, June 24, will be for the Democratic nomination for State Superintendent of Education, the Republican nomination for State Superintendent of Education, and the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor.
The runoff for the Democratic nomination for State Superintendent of Education will pit Sheila C. Gallagher who carried Union County in Tuesday’s primary against Tom Thompson.
The runoff for the Republican nomination for State Superintendent of Education will pit Sally Atwater who carried Union County in Tuesday’s primary against Molly Spearman.
The runoff for the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor will pit Henry McMaster who carried Union County in Tuesday’s primary against either Pat McKinney or Mike Campbell.
Pettit said that while McKinney finished second and Campbell finished third in the primary, the vote margin between them was less than one percent. She said that because of this a statewide recount will be held Friday to determine for certain who actually finished second and will therefore be on the runoff ballot with McMaster. Once the recount is complete, the State Election Commission will meet Saturday to certify the results and set the stage for the runoff.
This year was the first time voters were required by law to present photo identification in order to vote.
Vanderford said that with the exception of one person who did not bring their photo identification with them when they went to the polls there were no problems with the new requirement. That person was allowed to cast a provisional ballot which would be counted if they brought their photo identification to the election commission before it certified the results of the primary. They did not, however, and so their vote was not counted.