Dorchester voters’ choice mirrors statewide results

  • Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Leslie Cantu/Journal Scene At Knightsville United Methodist Church, poll manager Ken Rogers peels off a tiny "I voted" sticker for Marci Newman.

With all 81 precincts reporting, Dorchester County failed to crack the 5 percent mark for voter turnout in today’s primary runoff.

Dorchester voters didn’t have any local races to attract them to the polls.

Instead, they were asked to decide on two statewide races. Republicans chose their candidates for lieutenant governor and education superintendent, and Democrats chose their candidate for education superintendent.

The Associated Press has called the lieutenant governor race for former S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster.

Statewide, he so far has 65 percent of the vote against Mike Campbell. In Dorchester County, McMaster garnered 71 percent of the vote.

Molly Spearman is leading the Republican runoff for education superintendent with 58 percent of the vote statewide; she earned 59 percent of the Dorchester County vote against Sally Atwater.

On the Democratic side, Tom Thompson is leading the education superintendent runoff with 63 percent of the vote; he took 63 percent in Dorchester County against Sheila Gallagher.

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