South Carolina chooses incumbent as GOP governor nominee

Published 3:32 pm Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Landrum, county goes for his opponent

LANDRUM — While the rest of South Carolina chose Henry McMaster as the GOP candidate for governor this year, Spartanburg County voters, including those in Landrum, voted mostly for his opponent, John Warren.

The South Carolina Primary Election runoffs were held on Tuesday. Statewide, McMaster won the GOP bid for governor over Warren with 56.74 of the votes. McMaster received 151,265 votes in the runoff, compared to Warren’s 115,325 votes, according to unofficial results from the South Carolina Election Commission late Tuesday night.

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Spartanburg County voters, however, chose Warren with 15,015 votes, compared to McMaster’s 10,246 votes. Warren took Spartanburg County with 59.44 percent of the votes.

Landrum voters also chose Warren in both precincts.

Voters at Landrum United Methodist Church chose Warren, with 262 votes compared to McMaster’s 210 votes, according to the South Carolina Election Commission.

Voters at Landrum High School chose Warren with 258 votes, compared to McMaster’s 184 votes.

Other runoff winners Tuesday night included Alan Wilson winning the GOP bid for attorney general, with 166,426 votes over Todd Atwater’s 89,147 votes; and William Timmons beating Lee Bright for the U.S. House of Representatives District 4 Republican nomination, receiving 13,793 votes to his opponent’s 12,035 votes.

Landrum voters chose Bright. At Landrum United Methodist Church, Bright received 252 votes to Timmons’ 210 votes. At Landrum High School, Bright received 242 votes to Timmons’ 192 votes.

U.S. House of Representatives District 4 Democrat bid went to Brandon P. Brown, with 2,587 votes over Doris Lee Turner’s 1,302 votes.

Spartanburg County turned out 16.55 percent of its voters for the runoff, with a total of 173,379 registered voters and 28,699 votes cast Tuesday.

That was almost double the statewide turnout for Tuesday’s runoff.

As of Tuesday night, South Carolina had turned out 9.64 percent of its voters, with a total of 3.04 million registered voters and 293,467 ballots cast in the runoff.

McMaster will face democratic candidate James Smith for the office of governor. Brown and Timmons will face off for the U.S. House of Representatives District 4 seat, currently held by Trey Gowdy (R), who has held the office since 2011, and chose not to seek re-election this year.

The general election will be on Tuesday, Nov. 6.