UNION COUNTY — The race for a county office that saw the incumbent concede to the challenger within minutes of the polls closing and a race that revealed the divided nature of a state legislative district were the defining features of Tuesday’s primary elections in Union County.
A total of 4,208 Union County residents voted in Tuesday’s primaries and, like their fellow voters throughout the rest of South Carolina, had to choose between voting in the Democratic primary or in the Republican primary.
In Union County, 3,205 of the voters that participated chose the Democratic primary while 1,003 chose the Republican primary.
Union County Supervisor
The only local race on the Democratic ballot was for Union County Supervisor which pitted incumbent Supervisor Tommy Sinclair against District 2 Union County Councilman Frank Hart.
Unofficial results show Hart winning the Democratic nomination for supervisor with 2,133 votes and carrying all of the county’s 23 precincts.
Sinclair, who received 1,048 votes, conceded the primary to Hart a little over 30 minutes after the polls closed at 7 p.m.
“I called Mr. Hart and conceded,” Sinclair said at the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office as election officials were bringing in the voting machines from precincts throughout the county. “I have information that I will not win this race. I called him a few minutes ago and conceded.”
Hart, a Union businessman who is serving his first term on county council, was thanking supporters at his campaign headquarters shortly after Sinclair conceded.
“I want to thank the people of Union for their support,” Hart said. “I want to thank all those who worked in the campaign. We’re excited about the opportunity going forward.”
If the results are certified by the Union County Election Commission Hart will be the next supervisor of Union County as no Republican is running for the office in the November general election.
Hart will take office Jan. 1 leaving the District 2 seat vacant until a special election can be held.
SC House District 42
The only local race on the Republican ballot was for the SC House District 42 seat which pitted Buffalo farmer and businessman Mark Cathcart against former Clinton mayor David Tribble Jr.
Unofficial results show Tribble winning the Republican nomination for the seat with 881 votes to 779 votes for Cathcart.
District 42 is composed of all of Union County which went decisively for Cathcart and part of Laurens County which went even more decisively for Tribble.
In Union County, Cathcart received 631 votes and carried 20 precincts while Tribble received 324 votes and carried three precincts.
The Laurens County portion of District 42 went even more overwhelming for Tribble who received 510 votes and carried all six precincts while Cathcart received 142 votes.
“We’ve had a long, hard campaign, fair and straightforward,” Tribble said when reached by phone Tuesday evening. “We’ve laid out our vision for the people of Union and Laurens counties and the voters have spoken. It appears I’ll be allowed to advance into the general election.”
Cathcart, whose candidacy was strongly influenced by his Christian faith, reiterated his beliefs as he thanked his savior, his family and supporters.
“I want to thank Jesus for being my savior and for him giving me the opportunity to take this path,” Cathcart said. “His presence was felt every step of the way.
“I want to thank my family and especially my wife for supporting me and the vote of confidence from the people of Union County,” he said. “God bless South Carolina and God bless America.”
If the results are certified by the election commissions of Laurens and Union counties Tribble will face incumbent Rep. Mike Anthony, a Democrat, in the November general election.
In addition to the local races, both ballots featured statewide races.
The Democrats had candidates seeking the party nomination for State Superintendent of Education and both US Senate seats
In the race for State Superintendent of Education Montrio M. Belton Sr. received 284 votes, Sheila C. Gallagher received 1,281, Jerry Govan received 327, and Tom Thompson received 709
In the US Senate race Brad Hutto received 1,813 votes while Jay Stamper received 801.
In the US Senate (unexpired term) race Joyce Dickerson received 1,281 votes while Sidney Moore received 781 and Harry Pavilack received 471.
The Republican had candidates seeking the party nomination for Lieutenant Governor, State Treasurer, State Superintendent of Education, Commissioner of Agriculture, and both US Senate seats.
In the race for Lieutenant Governor Mike Campbell received 285 votes, Pat McKinney received 229, Henry McMaster received 384, and Ray Moore received 75.
In the race for State Treasurer Brian Adams received 373 votes and Curtis Loftis (incumbent) received 562 votes.
In the State Superintendent of Education race Sally Atwater received 369 votes, Gary Burgess received 112, Meka Bosket Childs received 29, Amy Cofield received 43, Sheri Few received 198, Don Jordan received 58, Elizabeth Moffly received 19, and Molly Mitchell Spearman received 138.
In the Adjutant General race James Breazeale received 215 votes and Bob Livingston (incumbent) received 720 votes.
In the race for Commissioner of Agriculture Joe Farmer received 413 votes and Hugh E. Weathers (incumbent) received 529 votes.
In the US Senate Det Bowers received 54 votes, Lee Bright received 291, Richard Cash received 58, Bill Connor received 55, Benjamin Dunn received 15, Lindsey Graham (incumbent) received 477, and Nancy Mace received 43.
In the US Senate (unexpired term) race Tim Scott (incumbent) received 826 votes and Randall Young received 134 votes.
In addition to candidates for local and state offices, the ballots included advisory questions with voters asked to answer yes or no.
• Do you believe each state — not Congress — should decide for itself whether to allow online gaming and determine how to regulate online gaming in their state?
Yes — 2,421
No — 582
• The South Carolina Department of Transportation estimates more than $20 billion is required to fix South Carolina’s crumbling roads and bridges. Should gaming laws be modernized to fund the repairs instead of a tax increase?
Yes — 2,363
No — 623
• Should medical marijuana be legalized for use in cases of severe, chronic illnesses when documented by a physician?
Yes — 2,051
No — 990
• Should Article 1, Section 3 of the South Carolina Constitution be amended to include the following language?
The privileges and immunities of citizens of South Carolina and the United States shall not be abridged, so that no person shall be deprived of life without due process of law, nor shall any person be denied the equal protection of the laws. These rights shall extend to both born and pre-born persons beginning at conception.
Yes — 849
No — 123
• Should South Carolina law be amended to replace the state income tax imposed on individuals, estates, trusts, and others by reducing the rate of taxation by 1.4 percent each year until the state income tax rate for all brackets is zero percent.
Yes — 802
No — 172
The Union County Election Commission meet this morning at 10 a.m. to certify the results of Tuesday’s elections.