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Runoff election sees light voter traffic

Posted: June 24, 2014 1:38 p.m.
Updated: June 25, 2014 5:00 a.m.
Gary Phillips/C-I

Voters John Kornegay Jr., Mary R. Kornegay and Johnny Kornegay III sign in to vote at the Camden 2 precinct Tuesday.

Voters headed back to the polls Tuesday for a runoff election to decide one Kershaw County race and others statewide. Kershaw County Voter Registration Director Rosalind Watson said at 12:30 p.m. voter turnout had been steady, but light. She said light turnout is common for runoff elections.

As of 1 p.m., the Camden 2 precinct reported only 9 percent of eligible voters had cast their ballots. Poll workers said the overall turnout for the precinct in the June 10 primary election was 30 percent.

The main race in Kershaw County was the choice of who should be the Republican candidate for Kershaw County Council chairman, Julian Burns or Ben Connell. There were three Republican candidates on the June 10 ballot. Burns garnered the most votes, but had to receive more than 50 percent of the votes to secure a win. Burns received approximately 43 percent of the votes, followed by Gene Hartis and Connell. Two days later, Hartis announced he was withdrawing from the runoff, giving Connell the opportunity to face Burns in the runoff. The winner of Tuesday’s runoff will face Democrat Bobby Gary in the general election November 4.

The polls were open until 7 p.m. Tuesday, past the Chronicle-Independent deadline for this issue. Results will be printed in our Friday issue and will be on our website.


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