Over 58 percent of county’s voters participated in election

  • 5 November 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Slightly over 58 percent of the registered voters in the county took part in Tuesday’s general election. More than 7,800 people voted early before election day on Tuesday.
Of the 19,740 registered voters, 11,567 ballots were cast.
Marlboro County Elections and Voter Registration officials said 7,848 votes were cast prior to Tuesday. This includes absentee, walk-ins, and mail votes.
This number exceeded the number of people who voted early in 2016.
All results are unofficial until they are certified.
In Marlboro County, President Donald Trump and Vice President Michael Pence received 5,027 (44 percent) votes to Joseph Biden and running mate Kamala Harris with 6,277 votes (54 percent).   Trump carried South Carolina with 55 percent.
Also in the county,  incumbent U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham received 4,761 votes (41.64 percent) to challenger Jaime Harrison’s 6,491 votes (56.77 percent). Statewide, Graham won reelection with 54.6 percent of the votes.
    
County
Incumbent Sheriff Charles Lemon defeated Republican challenger Henry Love with 6,852 votes (59.89 percent) to 3,004 (26.26 percent). There were 1,585 (13.85 percent) write-in votes.
Incumbent District 6 County Councilman Verd Odom, a Republican  defeated challenger Bobby Odom with 797 (62.36 percent) to 478 (37.40 percent).
Candidates with no opposition included Will Rogers, Solicitor Circuit 4; Anita Williams, clerk of court; Tim Brown, coroner; Delorice Barrington, county treasurer; Damien Johnson, County Council District 2; Charles Paul Midgley Jr., District 3;  and Ken Stroman, District 5.
    
School board
Reginald Gaymon was the top vote-getter in a three-way race for District 4 for the Marlboro County Board of Education. Gaymon received 482 votes (48.49 percent) while Wendell Crowley had 260 (26.16 percent) and Chris Jones, 246 votes (24.75 percent)
In School Board District 6, David Flowers defeated Billy Bert Shelley with 648 votes (55.77 percent) to 511 (43.98 percent).
District 1 Board member Michael Coachman had no opposition.

Tatum
Incumbent Tatum Mayor Steven Nolan defeated challenger Betty Jo Quick. He had 29 votes (69.05 percent) while Quick had 13 (30.95 percent).
Town Council members Rebecca Hubbard had 29 votes (46.03 percent) and Wayne Usher 33 votes (52.38 percent).  Both were elected to fill two seats.
    
Regional
Incumbent State House Representative Jackie E. Hayes (District 55 ) and State Senate Kent Williams (District 30) were unopposed.
District 7 U.S. House of Representatives member Tom Rice received 5,198 votes (45.51 percent) to challenger Melissa Watson 6,220 (54.46 percent).
Incumbent Gerald Malloy received 5,792 (57.43 percent) to JD Chaplin 4,289 votes (42.52 percent) for the State Senate District 29.
Incumbent State House Representative Pat Henegan (District 54) received 6,251 votes (61.10 percent) while Sterling McDiarmid received 3,975 votes (38.85 percent).

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