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Turnout light in runoff

  • Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Leslie Cantu/Journal Scene Voting at Summerville High School was light by mid-day Tuesday. LESLIE CANTU

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Voters are few and far between so far in the First Congressional District Republican runoff between Mark Sanford and Curtis Bostic.
By 1 p.m., several precincts were reporting turnout between 4 percent and 6 percent, and most poll workers didn't think their precincts would match the turnout from the initial primary two weeks ago.
However, some said that people are showing up today who didn't vote March 19.
Most voters who revealed their choices were returning to the polls to vote for the same man they'd chosen before.
A few, however, had to change their votes because their first-choice candidate didn't make it to the runoff.
At Knightsville Elementary School, Joy McCreight sighed and said she'd voted for Sanford, “the little snake.”
Between Bostic and Sanford, the former governor was the best choice, she said, but she had preferred Teddy Turner.
At Summerville High School, Noel Spilbor said Sanford best lined up with his first choice, Ray Nash.
Sanford has experience in Congress, Spilbor said.
Judy Snook voted for Sanford, who was also her choice in March.
“Because when he was in Congress, and also as governor, I think he did a good job,” she said.
But at Flowertown Elementary School, John Conway wasn't persuaded by the “experience in Congress” argument.
His vote for Bostic was something of an anti-Sanford vote, he said, but it was also based on looking at Bostic's record and believing he could bring a grassroots perspective to Congress, much as now-Sen. Tim Scott has.
Richard and Merrill Bradham voted for Bostic at Summerville High School.
“He's the better choice,” Merrill Bradham said.
They also voted for Bostic two weeks ago.

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