Election results: Darlington County Democratic Primary 2016

Joyce Wingate Thomas, right, with Darlington city council member Bryant Gardner await the election totals on Tuesday, June 14 following the Darlington County Democratic Primary election. Photo by Samantha Lyles

Joyce Wingate Thomas, right, with Darlington city council member Bryant Gardner await the election totals on Tuesday, June 14 following the Darlington County Democratic Primary election.
Photo by Samantha Lyles

By Samantha Lyles, Staff Writer, slyles@newsandpress.net

Darlington County voters hit the polls for the June 14 Democratic and Republican Primaries, and the results will unseat several incumbent candidates.

Darlington County Sheriff Wayne Byrd lost the Democratic primary to challenger Tony Chavis by a count of 5,054 to 4,506.

Of those totals, Byrd received 879 absentee votes and Chavis received 788.

Darlington County Council vice chair Robbin Brock (District 7) lost to challenger Lewis Brown by a count of 587 to 225 in the county’s lone Republican race.
Neither Brock nor Brown received any absentee votes.

Longtime Darlington County Council member Wilhelmina P. Johnson lost her District 3 seat to Democratic challenger Joyce Wingate Thomas by a count of 614 to 567.
Johnson received 180 absentee votes, and Wingate Thomas received 161.

In other races, Democratic candidate for auditor Margaret Ross Rogers beat fellow candidate Brenton Dana 4,784 to 4,505, with Ross Rogers receiving 1,005 absentee votes and Dana receiving 629.

Democratic candidate for treasurer Robin Slater Edwards bested candidate Glenda Atkinston 4,743 to 4,467, with Slater Edwards receiving 1,131 absentee votes and Atkinson receiving 489.

With this primary victory, Slater Edwards will face Republican candidate Jeff Robinson in the November general election.

The other candidates have no registered opposition and should be named to their respective offices after the general election and sworn in January of 2017.

Antioch: 405
Auburn: 147
Bethel: 157
Black Creek – Clyde: 287
Burnt Branch: 186
Darlington No. 1: 77
Darlington No. 2: 274
Darlington No. 3: 625
Darlington No. 4: 312
Darlington No. 5: 286
Darlington No. 6: 327
Darlington No. 9: 310
Dovesville: 354
Hartsville No. 1: 344
Hartsville No. 4: 147
Hartsville No. 5: 476
Hartsville No. 6: 287
Hartsville No. 7: 187
Hartsville No. 8: 587
Hartsville No. 9: 310
High Hill: 343
Indian Branch: 171
Kelleytown: 483
Lake Swamp: 156
Lamar No. 1: 134
Lamar No. 2: 315
Lydia: 125
Mechanicsville: 343
New Market: 201
Oates: 159
Palmetto: 340
Society Hill: 262
Swift Creek: 170

Out of 44,996 registered voters in Darlington County, 10,777 ballots were cast.

1,794 absentee ballots were received, with 1,686 of those voting Democratic and 108 voting Republican.

For more information on voting in the general election in November, contact the Darlington County Election Commission at:

Elections and Registrations
131 Cashua Street
Darlington, South Carolina 29532
Phone: 843-398-4900

Author: Duane Childers

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