Officials: Turnout light across state for primary runoffs

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC / AP) - Officials say turnout in South Carolina's primary runoff elections has been light so far as voters pick GOP nominees in four statewide races.

State Election Commission spokesman Chris Whitmire says Tuesday's turnout is low overall but has been moderate in counties with competitive local races.

Among Tuesday's top races are Republican runoff elections for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and education superintendent.

Voters who voted in either party's June 8 primary can participate in that party's runoff. And people who didn't vote in either primary can vote in the Democrat or the Republican runoff.

There are no statewide Democratic runoffs, but five areas have countywide runoffs.

Polls opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday and closed at 7 p.m.

Polls at West Ashley High School were busiest at 7 a.m. A line formed after 5 p.m. as voters hit the polls after work. Poll workers say there were no problems to report.

Final voter turnout at West Ashley High School was only 11.4 percent.

At 4 p.m. polls were slow and turnout was at 7.8 percent (245 voters). At 4:30 p.m., turnout picked up a little as voters making their way to polls after work, turnout is currently at 8.5 percent (285 voters).

Polls started to pick up at 5 p.m. as voters visited the polls after work.

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