Last updated: June 27. 2014 10:05AM - 136 Views
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UNION COUNTY — No votes were added to the totals from Tuesday’s Democratic and Republican runoffs when the Union County Election Commission met Thursday morning to certify the results.

The commission met in the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office to certify the results of the runoffs as it did two weeks ago for the June 10 party primaries.

In certifying the results of the primaries, the commission add two ballots — one in the Democratic primary and one in the Republican primary — that were cast on June 10 but were not intitally counted because of questions at the precincts about whether or not the voters in question were registered in Union County. The voters 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 counting of the provisional ballots during the certification process increased the totals in the Democratic primary to 3,206 and in the Republican primary to 1,004 for an overall total of 4,210. The increases did not, however, change the outcome of any of the races in the primaries.

In Tuesday’s runoffs, a total of 673 votes were cast including 340 in the Democratic runoff and 333 in the Republican runoff.

Commission Chairman Keith Vanderford said Thursday that in certifying the results of the runoffs no votes were added, leaving the overall number of ballots as well the number of Democratic and Republican ballots and the number of votes for individual candidates unchanged.

The runoffs were held because no candidate received a majority of the vote cast for the Republican nominations for Lieutenant Governor and State Superintendent of Education and for the Democratic nomination for State Superintendent of Education.

In the runoff for GOP nomination for Lieutentant Governor, Mike Campbell received received 159 votes while Henry McMaster received 172 votes.

In the runoff for the GOP nomination for State Superintendent of Education, Sally Atwater received 215 votes while Molly Mitchell Spearman received 114 votes.

In the runoff for the Democratic nomination for State Superintendent of Education, Sheila C. Gallagher received 201 votes while Tom Thompson received 135 votes.

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