CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Polls closed at 7 p.m. in South Carolina's June primary amid reports of low voter turnout.
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In Dorchester County, poll workers at Summerville High School said turnout was low all day, despite the fact voters have the chance to vote in the races for sheriff and coroner.
Two-term incumbent Sheriff L.C. Knight will be officially in office a third term after his win Tuesday night. Knight cited the years of experience of his command staff as one reason to return him to office for another four years. Knight faced former sheriff Ray Nash wanted his job back saying he believes the people of Dorchester County want him back to lead them. Also in the running was former county Deputy Robert Biddle. Biddle says voters have told him they are concerned with the current administration.
The county is also about to get a new coroner for the first time since 1996. Licensed funeral director and former Highway Patrolman Paul Brouthers is running against current Dorchester County Deputy Mike Giglio and full time minister and former County Councilman Wayne Reeves.
In Charleston County, some changes in leadership are also in store.
Among the races in Tuesday's primary is the District 7 seat for Charleston County Council is open after incumbent Colleen Condon decided not to run again. Democrats Ruth Jordan and Republican Brantley Moody came out on top.
Since 5 p.m., poll workers at St. Andrews School of Math and Science in West Ashley reported an increase in voters. However, poll workers say about 650 people came out to vote at that polling place, approximately a 13 percent voter turnout. They say they usually expect about 1,000 voters in the primary for that polling location.
Poll workers at Northbridge Baptist Church, one of the busiest precincts in West Ashley, also reported a slight surge in voters in the final hours of voting, bringing the total of voters at that location to an estimated 600.
In Berkeley County, turnout was also reported lower than expected at Goose Creek High School, one of the busiest in the county. Poll workers were expecting about 700 voters, but say only about 120 showed up to vote. Voters selected between incumbent Mark Sanford and Jenny Horne for U.S. House of Representatives District 1 as well as other races.
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