Sumter supports McMaster, Wilson in runoff

Incumbents beat out challengers for Republican nominations

BY KAYLA ROBINS
kayla@theitem.com
Posted 6/28/18

Republicans in Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties helped secure nominations for two races in November on Tuesday during statewide primary runoffs.

Voters in all three counties supported the candidate who won the runoff for governor and attorney …

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Sumter supports McMaster, Wilson in runoff

Incumbents beat out challengers for Republican nominations

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Republicans in Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties helped secure nominations for two races in November on Tuesday during statewide primary runoffs.

Voters in all three counties supported the candidate who won the runoff for governor and attorney general, filling in the ticket for incumbents Gov. Henry McMaster and Attorney General Alan Wilson.

Statewide, McMaster received 53.6 percent of the Republican vote after falling short of winning outright in a field of five in the June 12 primary. He beat out John Warren, a political newcomer and self-made millionaire who heavily challenged the incumbent and early supporter of President Donald Trump.

The White House went all-in for the governor in recent days. Trump held a rally for McMaster on Monday night in Columbia to support one of his strongest and earliest political endorsements.

In Sumter, a 6.8 percent turnout gave 73.9 percent of its vote to McMaster. Those numbers followed similar patterns in Lee (81.5 percent) and Clarendon (74.5 percent). Combined, McMaster received 5,073 votes in the tri-county area, according to unofficial tallies from the South Carolina Election Commission.

McMaster will face Democrat James Smith and American Party candidate Martin Barry in November.

Pat Jefferson, director of Sumter County Voter Registration and Elections, said the runoff went smoothly with no problems on Tuesday. The results will be certified today at 10 a.m. on the second floor of the historic Sumter County Courthouse.

It was much of the same in the attorney general's race.

Alan Wilson retained his spot on the November ballot by raking in 65 percent of the statewide vote, which broke down in Sumter to 75 percent, in Lee to 71 percent and in Clarendon to 70 percent.

"My family and I are so grateful for the overwhelming support we received from South Carolinians today," Wilson said in a news release. "As your attorney general, I've been tireless in fighting to end the opioid epidemic, stop human trafficking and support the brave men and women of law enforcement. To keep South Carolina safe, it's imperative we have a proven prosecutor serving as our state's top law enforcement official."

Wilson will face Democrat Constance Anastopoulo in November.

Though not vying for a position representing the tri-county region, a former Sumter resident lost out in a runoff on Tuesday.

Annabelle Robertson, a previous reporter at The Sumter Item, received 47 percent of the vote on the Democratic ballot for the 2nd District of the U.S. House of Representatives against now-nominee Sean Carrigan.