UNION COUNTY — Who do y0u want to win the Republican nominations for governor and attorney general?
That’s the choice that will be facing eligible Union County voters who opt to go to the polls for Tuesday’s run-off.
The run-off is being held because none of the candidates running for governor and for attorney general in the June 12 Republican primary received a majority of the vote.
The run-off for governor pits incumbent Gov. Henry McMaster against Greenville businessman John Warren while the run-off for attorney general pits incumbent Attorney General Alan Wilson against SC House District 87 Rep. Todd Atwater.
In the primary for governor, McMaster received 42.31 percent of the vote statewide while Warren received 27.83 percent. In the primary for attorney general, Wilson got 48.65 percent of the statewide vote while Atwater received 29.73 percent.
Locally, McMaster received 50.25 percent of the vote cast while Warren received 24.46 percent. Wilson received 48.22 percent of the vote locally while Atwater received 34.04 percent.
The winner of Tuesday’s run-off for governor will face Democrat James Smith and the American Party’s Martin Barry in the November general election while the winner of the run-off for attorney general will face Democrat Constance Anastopoulo.
There will be no Democrats on the ballot in Tuesday’s run-off as all the party’s candidates for statewide office were either selected in Tuesday’s primary or had been unopposed for the Democratic nomination for the office they are seeking.
There will also be no local races on the run-off ballot as, again, the candidates for those offices, both Republican and Democrat, were either selected during the primary or were unopposed for their party’s nomination for the office they are seeking.
For the June 12 primary, voters had to choose between voting Republican or voting Democratic. Union County residents who chose to vote in the Republican primary may vote in Tuesday’s run-off. Those who chose to vote in the Democratic primary, however, may not vote in the run-off. If, however, you did not vote in either primary, you may vote in Tuesday’s run-off if you want to.
Those who want to vote in Tuesday’s run-off but will be unable to do so that day, may vote absentee at the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office until 5 p.m. Monday.
You can vote absentee if you fall into one of the following categories:
1. Students attending school outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents.
2. Members of the Armed Forces or Merchant Marine serving outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them. (Visit www.scvotes.org/military-overseas-citizens for more information.)
3. Persons serving with the American Red Cross or United Service Organizations (USO) serving with the Armed Forces outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents. (Visit www.scvotes.org/military-overseas-citizens for more information.)
4. Persons who, for reasons of employment, will not be able to vote on election day.
5. Physically disabled persons.
6. Government employees serving outside their county of residence on Election Day and their spouses and dependents residing with them.
7. Persons with a death or funeral in the family within three days before the election.
8. Persons who plan to be on vacation outside their county of residence on Election Day.
9. Certified poll watchers, poll managers, and county election officials working on Election Day.
10. Overseas Citizens. (Visit www.scvotes.org/military-overseas-citizens for more information.)
11. Persons attending sick or physically disabled persons.
12. Persons admitted to the hospital as emergency patients on Election Day or within a four-day period before the election.
13. Persons serving as a juror in state or federal court on Election Day.
14. Persons sixty-five years of age or older.
15. Persons confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial.
For more information about Tuesday’s run-off, voting absentee, and other election-related matters call the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office at 864-429-1616.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.