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Most Local Incumbents Prevail; Governor Headed for Runoff 

Low statewide turnout, a probate incumbent victory, and the choosing of two new county council members highlight today's South Carolina Primary elections. Anderson County boasted a voter turnout of just over 20 percent. Statewide, around 18 percent turned out to vote. 

Anderson County will have a new councilmember from district six, as Jimmy Davis defeated incumbent Ken Waters in a Republican primary contest decided by 44 votes. Davis received 1,549 votes to Waters 1,504.

In county council district four, a seat to be vacated by Anderson County Councilman Tom Allen who is retiring after 10 years in the position, Brett Sanders easily won the seat with more than 65 percent of the vote.

Both Davis and Sanders are unopposed in the Nov. 6 election.

Meanwhile, long-time Anderson County Probate Judge Martha Newton held off challenger Dan Sharp, winning 54 percent of the vote of more than 17.000.

The day was also a clean sweep for incumbents who serve on the Anderson County Legislative Delegation.

S.C. District 6 Rep. Brian White, took nearly 75 percent of the vote in his race, S.C. District 7 Rep. Jay West took more than 80 percent of the vote, S.C. District 8 Rep. Jonathon Hill garnered 58 percent, and S.C. District 11 Craig Gagnon won 56 percent of the votes in his district.

With most of the state reporting, the results the Republican race for governor will result in a runoff June 29 between incumbent Gov. Henry McMaster and Greenville Businessman John Warren. 

McMaster, who replaced Nikki Haley when she was appointed by Presidet Donald Trump to serve as UN Ambassador, was endorsed by Trump and received 45 percent of the vote. Warren finished second with 25 percent, followed by Catherine Templeton with 22 percent and Anderson native Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant with 6.5 percent of the vote.

The winner of the runoff will face Democratic Nominee James Smith in November.

Meanwhile Mary Geren will be the Democratic opponent of U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan in November. Geren won nearly 70 percent of the vote to become her party's nominee.

Both in Anderson County and statewide, voters overwhelmingly approved of the following advisory questions posted by each party.

Democratic Primary

  • Do you support passing a state law allowing doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to patients?
  • Do you support passing a state law requiring the governor of South Carolina to accept all federal revenues offered to support Medicaid and Medicaid expansion efforts in the state?

Republican Primary

  • Do you believe that voters should have the option to choose to affiliate with a political party when they register to vote or change their voter registration in South Carolina?
  • Do you believe that South Carolina’s tax code should be brought into conformity with the new Trump tax cuts in the federal tax code for maximum simplification and to lower the overall tax burden on South Carolina taxpayers and businesses?

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