NEWBERRY COUNTY — Although slightly higher than the statewide voter turnout percentage of 6.32 percent, Newberry County came in with a low turnout for the statewide runoff primary elections for Lieutenant Governor and State Superintendent of Education.
Of the 21,900 elligible voters, just 8.12 percent turned up at the polling locations on June 24.
All 30 precincts reported, with the most voter participation coming from the Bush River, Newberry Ward 2, Newberry Ward 6, Fairfiew, Stoney Hill, and Peak areas.
Republican Henry McMaster carried Newberry County voters for Lieutenant Governor, 901 to 671 over opponent Mike Campbell. This vote remained true throughout the state with McMaster favored 85,191 to 48,824 over Campbell.
Democrat Tom Thompson was carried by a margin of 118 to 62 over Sheila C. Gallagher for State Superintendent of Education in Newberry County. On the Republican ballot, Molly Spearman carried Newberry County by a commanding margin of 1,199 to 384 votes over Sally Atwater
The results were consistent with statewide results where Spearman carried the vote 76,565 to 57,405 over Atwater. Thompson carried over Gallagher with a margin of 23,510 to 16,246.
With the primaries settled, the campaign season will heat up until the General Election on November 4, 2014.
If not being registered to vote was a barrier to your participation in the primary election or to the participation of someone you know and you wish to vote in the General Election, the deadline to register to vote is October 4, 2014.