UNION COUNTY —More Republican than Democratic ballots were cast in Tuesday’s primaries which saw an incumbent avoid a runoff, another lose his party’s nomination, and a political newcomer win his party’s nomination.
As required by state law, the Union County Election Commission met Thursday morning, two days after the primary to certify the results.
Union County Voter Registrar Darlene Pettit said Thursday that the certification process did not result in any changes in the vote totals and/or the outcome of the races.
Out of the county’s 17,684 registered voters, 2,239 or roughly one out of every eight voted. Of those, 1,234 voted in the Republican primary, 201 more than the 1,005 that voted in the Democratic primary.
The following candidates won the Democratic or Republican nominations for the following local, state and federal offices.
The Democratic primary featured races for the seats representing Union County Council Districts 2, 3, and 5.
The race for the District 2 seat pitted incumbent Councilman Ralph Tucker against challengers John Glenn and James R. Rice.
Tucker received 238 votes and carried the Black Rock, Carlisle, Jonesville Box 2, Santuc, and West Springs precincts and tied with Glenn in the Absentee precinct.
Glenn received 150 votes but carried no precincts while Rice received 84 votes and carried the Cross Keys precinct.
No votes were cast in the District 2 portion of the Putnam precinct.
The District 2 race was the only one on the ballot in Union County with more than two candidates raising the possibility of a runoff on June 28 if no candidate got more than 50 percent of the vote
Tucker’s vote total, however, was slightly more than 50 percent of the total votes cast thus eliminating the need for a runoff.
No Republicans are running for the District 2 seat in the November general election.
“I just want to thank the people that supported me,” Tucker said Tuesday evening after the results were announced. “I want to thank my wife. I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ because without him I can’t do nothing. I want to thank my opponents for running clean race, no negativity.
The race for the District 3 seat pitted incumbent Councilman Tommy Ford against challenger Howard “Wahoo” Gibson.
Ford received 159 votes and carried the Buffalo Box 1, Cross Keys, East Buffalo, Excelsior, Putnam, and Absentee precincts while Gibson received 61 votes.
While he has secured his party’s nomination, Ford, unlike the winners of the other council races, will face opposition in the November general election. His opponent will be Republican David Sinclair.
Ford referred to the upcoming general election in remarks made following the announcement of the District 3 results.
“I’m happy for everybody that came out and voted tonight,” Ford said. “I’m going to have to get back on the road, I’ve got opposition in November. I will continue to serve the people as I’ve done the past 12 years.”
The race for the District 5 seat pitted incumbent Councilman Randall “Chump” Hanvey against challenger Tommie L. Hill Sr.
Hill received 199 votes and carried the Excelsior, Monarch Box 1, Ward 1 Box 1, Ward 1 Box 2, Ward 2, Ward 3, Ward 4 Box 1, Ward 4 Box 2, and Absentee precincts.
Hanvey received 113 votes and carried the Monarch Box 2 precinct.
With his loss to Hill, Hanvey became the only incumbent to lose his party’s nomination in Tuesday’s primary.
No Republicans are running for the seat in the November general election.
“I want to thank all the people in District 5 that supported me, family and friends,” Hill said following the announcement of the District 5 results. “I will be able to continue my service and as I promised my door will be open 24 hours a day for any complaints or grievances. I’m looking forward to the future. Again, I want to thank everybody in District 5 and Union County.”
The Republican primary featured races for the SC House District 42, SC Senate District 14, and US House of Representatives District 5 seats.
The race for District 42 seat pitted Mark Cathcart against Tommy Mann. It was the only one of Tuesday’s primary races that did not have an incumbent running for his party’s nomination.
Mann received 842 votes in Union County and carried 21 of the county’s 23 precincts.
Cathcart received 367 votes in Union County and carried the Black Rock precinct and tied with Mann in the Carlisle precinct.
District 42 also includes part of Laurens County. In the Laurens County portion of the district Cathcart received 415 votes while Mann received 403.
Mann’s total vote district-wide was 1,245 while Cathcart’s was 770.
Tuesday’s vote was not the end of the race for the District 42 seat as Mann will face Democratic incumbent State Rep. Mike Anthony in the November general election.
Mann referred to the upcoming election in a statement released Thursday morning.
“Thank you for your support yesterday and throughout this primary,” Mann said. “Please continue to stand with me as we march on to November. I also want to congratulate Mark Cathcart on running a good race, and I wish him all the best moving forward.”
The race for the District 14 seat pitted incumbent State Sen. Harvey Peeler against challenger Kenny Price.
Peeler received 308 votes in the District 14 portion of Union County and carried the Adamsburg, Kelton, Lockhart, Monarch Box 1, and Absentee precincts while Price received 60 votes.
District 14 also includes Cherokee County and parts of Spartanburg and York counties.
In Cherokee County, Peeler received 2,641 votes while Price received 440.
In Spartanburg County, Peeler received 455 votes while Price received 136.
In York County, Peeler received 1,785 votes while Price received 436.
Peeler’s total vote district-wide was 5,189 while Price’s was 1,072.
No Democrats are running in the November general election.
The race for the District 5 seat pitted incumbent US Rep. Mick Mulvaney against challenger Ray Craig.
Mulvaney received 989 votes in Union County and carried 22 of the county’s 23 precincts.
Craig received 186 votes in Union County and carried the Black Rock precinct.
District 5 is composed of all or parts of 10 counties and district-wide Mulvaney received 21,803 votes while Craig received 6,195.
Mulvaney will face Democrat Fran Person and the candidate of the American Party in the November general election.
Ford, Hill, Tucker, Mann, Peeler, and Mulvaney win primaries