UNION COUNTY — Even though most county offices are held by Democrats on Election Day 2016 Union County nevertheless joined the rest of American in electing a Republican president and a Republican Congress.
Election Day was the conclusion of an especially contentious campaign season that often seemed to indicate that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton would succeed her fellow Democrat President Barack Obama in the White House. Such a victory would have made Clinton America’s first female president, an outcome as historic as the 2008 election victory which made Obama the country’s first African-American president.
In addition to making history and enabling the Democratic Party to retain the White House for a third straight term for the first time since the 1940s, the 2016 election raised the possibility that the Democrats would win control of the US Senate and possibly even the US House of Representatives. This would have given the Democratic Party control of both the executive and legislative branches of the federal government.
That did not happen.
Instead, the nation chose to elect Clinton’s main opponent, Republican Donald Trump, president and return a Republican majority to Congress, thus giving the GOP control of the executive and legislative branches of the federal government.
Union County joined with the rest of the nation in doing so, choosing Trump for president while also joining with the rest of South Carolina in reelecting Republican Tim Scott to the US Senate and with the rest of the Fifth Congressional District in reelecting Mick Mulvaney to the US House of Representatives.
Nationwide, Trump received 59,629,978 votes or 47.7 percent of the popular vote and 279 electoral votes. Clinton received 59,923,033 votes or 47.7 percent of the popular vote and 228 electoral votes.
A candidate must receive 270 electoral votes to win the presidency.
Trump carried South Carolina with 1,144,235 votes or 54.91 percent to 848,162 votes or 40.70 percent for Clinton.
The balance of the votes cast in South Carolina went to Constitution Party candidate Darrell Castle (5,726 or 0.27 percent), Independence Party candidate Evan McMullin (20,812 or 1 percent), Green Party candidate Jill Stein (12,920 .62 percent), American Party candidate Peter Skewes ($3,226 or .15 percent), and Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson (48,753 or 2.34 percent).
In Union County, Trump received 7,058 votes or 58.39 percent and carried 15 precincts while Clinton received 4,010 votes or 39.11 percent and carried eight precincts.
Castle received 33 votes or .27 percent; McMullin 63 votes or .52 percent, Stein 48 votes or .40 percent; Skewes 21 votes or .17 percent; and Johnson 137 votes or 1.13 percent.
Statewide, Scott was reelected to the US Senate with 1,229,481 votes or 60.53 percent.
Thomas Dixon, candidate of the Democratic, Working Families, and Green parties, received 698,849 votes or 34.40 percent as a Democrat, 37,404 votes or 1.84 percent as candidate of the Working Families Party, and 14,748 votes or 0.73 percent as the candidate of the Green Party.
Bill Bledsoe, candidate of the Constitution and Libertarian parties, received 12,547 votes or 0.62 percent as candidate of the Constitution Party and 24,604 votes or 1.21 percent as candidate of the Libertarian Party.
American Party candidate Rebel Michael Scarborough received 11,873 votes or 0.58 percent.
In Union County, Scott 6,725 votes or 58 percent and carried 16 precincts while Dixon, running as a Democrat, received 4,010 votes or 34.59 percent and carried seven precincts. As candidate of the Working Families Party, Dixon received 433 votes or 3.73 percent and 68 votes or .59 percent as candidate of the Green Party.
Bledsoe received 112 votes or .97 percent as the Constitution Party candidate and 103 votes or .89 percent as candidate of the Libertarian Party while Scarborough received 134 votes or 1.16 percent.
In the race for the Fifth District seat, Mulvaney was reelected with 160,906 votes or 59.22 percent while Democrat Fran Person received 105,279 votes or 38.75 percent and American Party candidate Rudy Barnes Jr. received 5,339 votes or 1.97 percent.
District Five includes Union County where Mulvaney received 6,883 votes or 59.37 percent and carried 16 precincts. Person received 4,386 votes or 38.11 percent and carried seven precincts while Barnes received 282 votes or 2.45 percent.
Union County is part of three SC Senate Districts, all of which were on the ballot Tuesday. All three districts are represented by Republicans, all of whom were unopposed for reelection.
SC Senate District 13 is composed of parts of Greenville, Spartanburg, and Union counties. It is represented by Shane Martin who district wide received 36,206 votes or 98.39 percent. In the District 13 section of Union County, Martin received 5,050 votes or 98.77 percent.
SC Senate District 14 is composed of Cherokee County and parts of Spartanburg, Union, and York counties. It is represented by Harvey Peeler who district wide received 36,390 votes or 99.10 percent. In the District 14 section of Union County Peeler received 1,862 votes or 99.36 percent.
SC Senate District 18 is composed of Newberry County and parts of Lexington and Union counties. It is represented by Ronnie Cromer who district wide received 43,251 votes or 99.09 percent. In the District 18 section of Union County Cromer received 1,486 votes or 98.02 percent.
The Sixteenth Circuit is composed of Union and York counties and is represented by Republican Kevin Brackett who was also unopposed for reelection.
District wide, Brackett received 93,267 votes or 99.10 percent. In Union County, Brackett received 8,223 votes 99.06 percent.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.