UNION COUNTY — In Tuesday’s run-off for the Republican nomination for governor and attorney general voters in Union County joined the rest of South Carolina in choosing incumbents over challengers.
Tuesday’s run-off was 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.
In the primary for governor, incumbent Henry McMaster received 50.25 percent of the vote cast in Union County, but only 42.31 percent of the statewide vote. Finishing second in the primary was Greenville businessman John Warren who locally received 24.46 percent of the vote and 29.83 percent statewide.
Tuesday’s run-off saw McMaster once again carry Union County, this time with 52.70 percent of the vote. McMaster’s percentage of the vote in Union County was just slightly less that his statewide total of 53.63 percent.
Warren, who campaigned in Union County, received 47.30 percent of the local vote. This was slightly more than his statewide total of 46.37 percent.
In the June 12 primary for attorney general, incumbent Alan Wilson received 48.22 percent of the vote in Union County and 48.65 percent of the statewide vote. Finishing second was SC House District 87 Rep. Todd Atwater who received 34.04 percent of the local vote and 29.73 percent statewide.
Tuesday’s run-off saw Wilson carry Union County again, dramatically increasing his support to 67.63 percent. Wilson’s percentage of the vote in Union County was better than the 64.97 percent he received statewide.
Atwater’s support in Union County declined slightly to 32.37 percent. This was lower than his statewide total which increased to 35.03 percent.
The results from Tuesday’s run-off are unofficial until 10 a.m. Thursday when the Union County Election Commission will meet at the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office to certify them.
With their victories in Tuesday’s run-off, McMaster and Wilson become the Republican nominees for the offices they currently hold. The offices of governor and attorney general are among the seven statewide offices that will be on the ballot in Union County in November. There will also be seven local offices, one state legislative office, and one congressional office on the local ballot.
Only one of the seven local races on the November ballot in Union County is contested. The others are uncontested, with the candidate either being the only one to declare for the office or having won their party’s nomination in the June 12 primary and facing no partisan opposition in November.
Union County Supervisor is the only contested local race with incumbent Democrat Frank Hart opposed in his bid for a second term by Republican Hal Blackwell.
The races for the following local offices are uncontested as only one party had candidates seeking the nominations for those offices in the June 12 primary.
• Union County Treasurer — Democrat Debbie Robertson is unopposed in her bid for a first term.
• Union County Council District 1 — Democrat Tracie Farr Campbell is unopposed in her bid for a first term.
The races for the following local offices are also uncontested as the incumbents were the only candidates to announce for them.
• Union County Probate Judge William All III, a Republican, is unopposed for a second term.
• Union County Coroner William Holcombe, a Democrat, is unopposed for an eighth term.
• Union County Auditor Brad Valentine, a Democrat, is unopposed for a fifth term.
• Union County Council District 4 Councilman Ben Ivey, a Democrat, is unopposed for a third term.
Also on the ballot will be the SC House of Representatives District 42 seat.
The District 42 seat is also uncontested as, again, only one party had candidates running for its nomination for the seat in the June 12 primary.
As a result, Republican Doug Gilliam is unopposed in his bid for a first term representing District 42 in the SC House of Representatives.
District 42 is composed of Union County and part of Laurens County and as Gilliam, a Union County resident, is the only candidate running for the seat, the district will continue to be represented by a resident of Union County.
The following offices of the government of the State of South Carolina will also be on the ballot in November and are being sought by the following candidates of the following parties:
Republican: Henry McMaster (incumbent)
Democratic: James Smith
American Party: Martin Barry
• Secretary of State
Republican: Mark Hammond (incumbent)
Democratic: Melvin T. Whittenburg
• State Treasurer
Republican: Curtis Loftis (incumbent)
Democratic: Rosalyn L. Glenn
American Party: Sarah Work
• Attorney General
Republican: Alan Wilson (incumbent)
Democratic: Constance Anastopoulo
• Comptroller General
Republican: Richard Eckstrom (incumbent)
• State Superintendent of Education
Republican: Molly Mitchell Spearman (incumbent)
Democratic: Israel Romero
• Commissioner of Agriculture
Republican: Hugh Weathers (incumbent)
United Citizens Party: Chris Nelums
Green Party: David Edmond
The only federal office on the ballot in Union County is for the US House of Representatives District 5 seat. The race has drawn the following candidates:
Republican: Ralph Norman (incumbent)
Democratic: Archie Parnell
Constitution Party: Michael Chandler
District 5 includes all of Cherokee, Chester, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Union and York counties and parts of Newberry, Spartanburg and Sumter counties.
Unlike in the primary and the run-off, voters who go to the polls in November do not have to choose which party to vote for, but can instead vote for candidates of the different parties on an individual basis.
For more about the November General Election 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.