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Good turnout for Republican primary

Posted: February 22, 2016 6:04 p.m.
Updated: February 23, 2016 1:00 a.m.
Martin L. Cahn/C-I

A poll worker (far left) helps a Charlotte Thompson resident prepare to vote in Saturday’s Republic Presidential Preference Primary at Rhame Arena in Camden as other voters wait their turn. Due to previous facility commitments, Charlotte Thompson voters were asked to vote at Rhame along with Camden No. 1 voters, while the Springdale precinct was combined with Camden No. 5 at New Hope Baptist Church. Democratic voters from Charlotte Thompson and Springdale will vote at the same locations this Saturday for their party’s primary.

More than 25 percent of Kershaw County’s 41,996 voters turned out for the Republican primary Saturday, casting 10,751 ballots for their choice of Republican presidential nominee. Kershaw County Voter Registration Director John Caughman said the 25.6 percent turnout was better than the statewide average of 24.7 percent.

“It seems like everything went smoothly,” Caughman said Monday, including at two polling places where precincts were combined: Camden No. 1 and Charlotte Thompson at Rhame Arena, and Camden No. 5 and Springdale at New Hope Baptist Church, both in Camden. “We were also real busy in the Lugoff and Elgin areas.”

Of those who voted, 34.28 chose billionaire Donald Trump as their preferred candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. Another 25.87 chose Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who made an appearance in Camden on Feb. 15, followed by 17.69 percent for Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush followed fourth with 10.73 percent of the vote, trailed by Ben Carson (5.75 percent) and John Kasich (5.4 percent).

According to numbers Caughman released, Elgin No. 1 at Blaney Baptist Church saw the most voting with 1,916 votes cast.

Democrats will choose who they wish to see as their party’s nominee for president this Saturday.

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