Non-Republicans suffer election clobbering throughout Aiken County
Aiken County voters remained loyal to their Republican leaders on Tuesday.
Voters county-wide helped propel S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster, S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson and U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., to a healthy victory on election night.
County voters also secured state Reps. Bart Blackwell, Bill Taylor, Bill Hixon and Ronnie Young — of Aiken and North Augusta, respectively — a return trip to the Legislature.
All are incumbents.
A total 60,301 ballots were cast across Aiken County, according to the final — technically unofficial — tally provided at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday. That’s 54 percent voter turnout.
McMaster garnered 36,781 votes in Aiken County. Similarly, the attorney general received 37,492 votes.
Alan Wilson has significant pull in this portion of South Carolina because of his work and litigation related to the Savannah River Site, namely the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility. The same could be said for Joe Wilson, a staunch supporter of the now-canceled MOX project and a familiar face around all things SRS.
Joe Wilson secured 37,318 Aiken County votes.
Blackwell, who beat Democrat Elise Fox, earned 63 percent of the vote on Tuesday. Blackwell will continue to represent S.C. House District 81, which covers a central sliver of Aiken County.
On Tuesday night, Blackwell said the election win was thrilling.
“I feel great,” Blackwell added. “I’m really, really glad to come out on top.”
Hixon almost quadrupled libertarian David Weikle with 78 percent of the Aiken County vote. Hixon beat Weikle in Edgefield County, as well. Hixon will again represent S.C. House District 83.
Hixon, on Tuesday, said he was “very happy” with the election results.
Young bested Democrat Jennifer Cook Lariscey with almost 65 percent of the vote. Young returns to S.C. House District 84.
Blackwell, Hixon and Young held solid leads from the start. Taylor ran unopposed.
Nearly 62 percent of voters in the county submitted a straight Republican Party ticket.
At least seven precincts received more than 400 straight Republican Party votes.