Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The votes from Tuesday’s party primaries were certified by the Georgetown County Election Board on Thursday with only minor changes to the results previously announced.
In Georgetown County, 22.3 percent of the registered voters cast ballots Tuesday. The periods of heavy rain and the few races on the ballot are being blamed for the low turnout. In total, 9,151 people voted Tuesday — 5,314 in the Republican Primary and 3,837 in the Democratic Primary.
There will be a Republican runoff in the District 7 Congressional race as none of the nine candidates got 50 percent of the votes.
Andre Bauer and Tom Rice will square off on June 26.
In Georgetown County, Rice received the most votes — 1,834 — followed by Bauer with 1,481. Districtwide, Bauer defeated Rice 12,002 to 10,235.
The other totals in Georgetown County in the Republican contest: Jay Jordan, 592; Katherine Jenerette, 245; Chad Prosser, 750; Dick Withington, 108; Randal Wallace, 80; Renee Culler, 79; Jim Mader, 62.
In Georgetown County — on the Democratic side — Gloria Tinubu was the decisive winner as she received 2,352 votes. Preston Brittain finished second with 1,032 votes. (See separate story about the possible runoff in this race).
Parnel Diggs received 98 votes. Harry Pavilack received 87 votes.
Tinubu picked up 16,370 votes districtwide while Brittain received 12,300.
This was the nail-biter race of the day as the lead between longtime incumbent Yancey McGill and newcomer Cezar McKnight went back and forth as votes throughout the Senate 32 district were tallied in the Democratic contest.
In Georgetown County the margin between the two candidates was wider with McGill receiving 1,968 votes to McKnight’s 1,112 votes.
But, when votes cast in Williamsburg, Berkeley, Florence and Horry counties were added in, McGill won the race by only 82 votes — 6,367 to 6,285. (See separate story about this race).
There was only one Georgetown County-only race in the party primaries Tuesday — the Republican contest between Sheriff Lane Cribb and his former deputy, Doug Dishong.
The numbers were never close. As the tallies were displayed in the Voter Registration Office one precinct at a time Tuesday night, Cribb started out with the lead and the margin got wider as more results were posted.
In the end, Cribb won 4081 to 1121.
“I feel good and I am proud of my supporters,” Cribb said after the unofficial results were announced.
Currently he faces no opposition in November but another former deputy, Darryel Carr, is collecting signatures to run as a petition candidate.
“I will keep doing my job and do what I do. If people like it, they will vote for me. If they don’t they won’t,” Cribb said when asked about how he will run against a November opponent.
By Scott Harper