PICKENS COUNTY — With a little more than a 22 percent voter turn out, more people hit the polls on Tuesday in the Upstate than had been expected by voting officials.
Official results were released on Thurday morning with the following races:
Davey Hiott will retain his seat in State House District 4, avoiding a runoff with challenger Phillip Healy by securing 68.12 percent of the vote. Healy took 1,529 votes (31.88 percent) to Hiott’s 3,267.
Neal Collins came in with the most votes (2,337 and 49.25 percent) on Tuesday night, but failed to break 50 percent and will now face a runoff with Alan Quinn on June 26. Quinn snagged 1,252 votes (26.39 percent) to David Cox’s 1,156 (24.36 percent.)
On the Pickens County Council side of things, both Ensley Feemster and Trey Whitehurst will stick around for another term.
Feemster nabbed 489 votes (53.15 percent) to challenger Margaret J. Thompson’s 431 (46.85 percent) while Whitehurst secured 886 votes (55.2 percent) to Robert McKinney’s 719 (44.8 percent).
State wide, Governor Henry McMaster will face a run off with John Warren to appear on the Republican ballot this November.
McMaster took 42 percent of the vote to Warren’s 28 percent.
Filling in the bottom of the ballot was Catherine Templeton with 21 percent, Kevin Bryant with 7 percent and Yancey McGill with 2 percent.
In the Democrat primary for governor, James Smith landed the top spot with 62 percent of the vote. Marguerite Willis came in second with 28 percent and Phil Noble with 11 percent of the votes.
In total, out of 68,149 registered voters in Pickens County, only 15,321 cast ballots on Tuesday according to documents from the Pickens County Board of Elections.
In person absentee voting will be available beginning Tuesday, June 19 for the June 26 Republican Runoff Election.
Voters who already applied for a runoff absentee ballot will be mailed a paper runoff ballot.
“We are re-using the primary ballots,” reads the Pickens County Elections website. “That means the candidates and offices not involved in the runoff election will be struck out when you receive your runoff paper ballot.”
Election officials remind residents that registered voters who were registered prior to the primary election’s voter registration deadline (May 13) are eligible to vote in the runoff election if the voter voted in the Republican Primary on June 12, or the voter did not vote in either party’s primary on June 12.
Voters who participated in the Democratic Party’s primary are not eligible to vote in the Republican Runoff Election, they said.
Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.