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Primary run-offs today

Posted: June 25, 2018 5:14 p.m.
Updated: June 26, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Republican party voters get another chance to make decisions on candidates for various state and local offices during today’s run-off election.

During the primary election held June 12, several Republican races generated run-off elections because the candidates in those races did not receive more than 50 percent of the vote.

There are no Democratic Party run-off elections involving Kershaw County candidates or voters.

All voting precincts will be open, according to the Kershaw County Office of Voter Registration. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Voters will be allowed to cast votes only for candidates belonging to the party’s election in which they voted June 12.

Two Republican candidates for Kershaw County Sheriff -- Lee Boan and Jack Rushing -- will face each other in today’s runoff after neither man garnered more than 50 percent of the vote in the June 12 primary election.

Of the 9,359 votes cast in that race, Boan lead the way by receiving 3,598, or 38.44 percent. Rushing received 2,928 votes, or 31.29 percent. Primary rules require a candidate to earn at least 50 percent of the vote (sometimes referred to as needing 50 percent plus 1 vote) to avoid a runoff.

The winner of the Boan-Rushing runoff will face Democrat Anthony Bell in November.

Additionally, Republicans David Snodgrass and Brant Tomlinson will vie for the nomination for Kershaw County Council District 5, being vacated by Dennis Arledge, who won his race for Kershaw County Auditor. During the June 12 primary, Snodgrass received 693 of the total 2,079 votes cast in the race for 33.33 percent of the vote. Tomlinson received 609 votes, or 29.29 percent.

Although there is no Democratic contender for District 5, the winner of the Snodgrass-Tomlinson runoff will still appear on the ballot in November in order to allow for petition or write-in candidates to be considered.

In the Republican governor’s race, Republican voters will choose between incumbent Henry McMaster and challenger John Warren. In the attorney general’s race, voters will choose between incumbent Alan Wilson and challenger Todd Atwater.

For more information, call the Kershaw County Office of Voter Registration at (803) 424-4016 or go to www.scvotes.org.

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