Democrats fare better in Florence than state
FLORENCE, S.C. – There were seven precincts in Florence County where Democratic challenger James Smith received more than 90 percent of the vote in the governor’s race.
Smith received greater than 90 percent in Florence Wards 1-3 and 9-10, Lake City 4, and Spaulding, according to the South Carolina Election Commission. In Florence Ward 3, his best performing precinct in Florence County, Smith received 99.13 percent of the vote — 456 to 4.
Florence Ward 3 temporarily voted at Thelma Brown Head Start on North Alexander Street.
Overall, Smith received a higher percentage of votes in Florence County than he did in the state as a whole. In Florence, he received 49.5 percent of the vote compared with 45.96 in the state.
Smith won four counties in the Pee Dee: Marlboro, Dillon, Marion and Williamsburg. He also received over 49 percent of the vote in Darlington.
The eventual winner of the governor’s race, Republican Henry McMaster, received over 90 percent of the vote in one precinct: Prospect. In that precinct, McMaster received 91.72 percent of the vote for a final tally of 114 to 13 votes.
Prospect voted at the Prospect-Vox Fire Station 2.
Other statewide races
The pattern of Democrats performing better in the statewide races in Florence would also hold for the attorney general, secretary of state, and treasurer races.
In the attorney general race, Constance Anastopoulo received 48.94 percent of the votes in Florence County as compared with 44.92 percent overall. Anastopoulo also won four counties in the Pee Dee: Marlboro, Dillon, Marion and Williamsburg. Republican incumbent Alan Wilson received 51.01 percent of the votes in Florence County and 53.92 percent in the state.
In the secretary of state race, Melvin Whittenburg received 47.58 percent of the vote in Florence County and 42.86 percent in the state. Whittenburg also won Marlboro, Marion and Williamsburg counties in the Pee Dee. Republican incumbent Mark Hammond received 52.37 percent of the vote in Florence County and 57.08 percent in South Carolina.
In the treasurer’s race, Rosalyn Glenn received 47.86 percent of the vote in Florence County and 40.82 percent in the state. Glenn also won four counties in the Pee Dee: Marlboro, Dillon, Marion and Williamsburg counties. Republican incumbent Curtis Loftis received 51.18 percent of the vote in Florence County and 55.92 in the state as a whole.
A majority of the Florence County precincts in Congressional District 6 voted for Republican challenger Gerhard Gressmann.
Gressmann won the Hannah, High Hill, Lake City 2, Leo, McAllister Mill, Olanta, and Prospect precincts. His greatest margin was in the Hannah precinct, where he received 87.621 percent of the vote — 85-11.
However, Democratic incumbent James “Jim” Clyburn received 59.09 percent of the vote in Florence County. This was less than the 70.19 percent he received in the state as a whole. Clyburn’s strongest precinct in Florence County was Lake City 4 in which he received 94.44 percent of the vote — 543 to 26.
In Congressional District 7, which includes most of Florence County, Republican Tom Rice, the victor received 53.45 percent of the vote in Florence County as compared with 59.53 in the district overall. Rice won Horry, Dillon, Georgetown, Chesterfield, and Darlington counties. His Democratic opponent, Robert Williams, won Marlboro and Marion counties.
Rice received greater than 90 percent of the vote in three Florence County precincts: Friendfield, Hannah, and Prospect. Prospect was Rice’s biggest victory. He received 94.04 percent of the vote in that precinct.
Williams received greater than 90 percent in Florence Wards 1-3, 9-10, and Spaulding. His greatest win was in Florence Ward 3 where he received 99.35 percent of the vote — 457 to 2. Williams won 20 out of 55 precincts in the race.
In House District 60, Republican incumbent Phillip Lowe received over 60 percent of the vote in 10 out of 16 precincts in Florence County. His greatest margin was in the Salem precinct where he received 88.66 percent of the vote — 211 to 27.
Lowe’s Democratic opponent, Devon J. Long, won only three precincts in Florence County: Claussen, Savannah Grove, and South Florence 2. Long secured the most support in South Florence 2 where he received 59.42 percent of the vote — 123 to 84.
Overall, Lowe received 61.1 percent of the vote including 62.3 percent in Florence County and 56.8 percent in Darlington County. Long received 38.81 percent overall, 37.62 percent in Florence County, and 43.13 percent in Darlington County.
In House District 62, Democratic incumbent Robert Williams lost only one precinct in Florence County to Republican Billy Baldwin, West Florence 1. In that precinct, Baldwin received 53.06 percent of the vote. Williams received no less than 78.23 percent of the vote in any of the precincts in the district. Williams’ greatest margin was in West Florence 2 where he received 93.55 percent of the vote.
Williams received 80.2 percent of the vote in Florence County, 61.09 percent in Darlington County, and 63.12 percent over all. Baldwin received 19.73 percent in Florence County, 38.78 in Darlington County and 36.76 overall.
In House District 63, Republican incumbent Jay Jordan received over 60 percent of the vote in two-thirds of the precincts in the race. Jordan received over 70 percent of the vote in 7 of 18 precincts and 60 percent in five more. His greatest margin was in Florence Ward 8 where he secured 79.02 percent of the vote.
Jordan’s opponent, Democrat Mike Brank, won three precincts Delmae 1 and Florence Wards 2 and 5. Brank also received over 49 percent of the vote in Savannah Grove. Delmae was his greatest win with a 82.86 percent of the vote in his favor.
Overall, Jordan received 64.61 percent of the vote and Brank received 35.33 percent of the vote.
In terms of turnout, the precinct with the highest turnout was Hannah at 55.87 percent of registered voters casting ballots. The precinct with the lowest turnout was Florence Ward 2 where 29.68 percent of registered voters cast ballots.