Few voters turn out for June 14 SC primary

Published 10:00 pm Friday, June 17, 2016

Voter turnout was low in South Carolina for the June 14 state primary where residents of Spartanburg County went to polling places to vote for local and state officials.

In Spartanburg County, 17,696 of the 170,542 registered voters (10.38 percent) cast their ballots on Tuesday, according to scvotes.org. Statewide, 417,245 voters (13.80 percent) showed up to polling places out of the 3,023,520 registered voters.

Unofficial results for the county show David Britt defeating Stephen Mathis in the District 3 County Council race. Britt received 1,873 votes and Mathis received 764 votes.

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Whitney Farr defeated her opponent, Jane Hall, in the County Council District 4 race. Farr received 1,423 votes and Hall received 1,114 votes.

Other choices in the primary included the state House of Representatives races for Districts 31, 37 and 38, state Senate races for Districts 5, 12 and 14 and the U.S. House of Representatives race for District 5.

In the Landrum United Methodist precinct, 586 voters of the 2,905 registered voters (20.17 percent) turned out to vote. Of the 2,369 registered voters in the Landrum High School precinct, 446 voters (18.83 percent) voted.

A breakdown of the primary votes and races in the precincts of the Bulletin’s readership area is below. These precincts include the Landrum High School, Landrum United Methodist and Gowensville precincts of Spartanburg and Greenville counties.

State House of Representatives

Josiah Magnuson was the high vote getter with 2,032 votes, with incumbent Doug Brannon receiving 1,492 votes in the State House of Representatives District 38 race, according to scvotes.org.

According to scvotes.org, in the Landrum United Methodist precinct, Brannon received 307 votes to Magnuson’s 269 votes. However, in the Landrum High School precinct, Magnuson garnered 265 votes versus Brannon’s 178 votes.

State Senate

In the State Senate District 5 race, in Spartanburg County alone, John B. White was the high vote getter with 1,681 votes to incumbent Tom Corbin’s 1,073 votes. However, it was Corbin who defeated White in the race overall at the end of Tuesday night. Corbin received 5,435 votes and White received 5,114 votes, a margin of 321 votes. District 5 includes Spartanburg and Greenville counties.

In the Landrum United Methodist precinct, voters gave White 387 votes and Corbin 190 votes. White received 274 votes and Corbin received 165 votes in the Landrum High School precinct. Absentee voters gave 105 votes to White and 48 votes to Corbin.

In the Gowensville precinct, White received 150 votes to Corbin’s 122 votes. Absentee voters in Greenville County gave 218 votes to Corbin and 144 votes to White.

Spartanburg County Coroner

Rusty Clevenger was high vote getter with 14,793 votes over Scott Ramsey and his 2,405 votes in a landslide win for Spartanburg County Coroner.

In the Landrum United Methodist precinct, Clevenger received 458 votes over Ramsey’s 93 votes. Clevenger received 374 votes to Ramsey’s 52 votes in the Landrum High School precinct.