Seats in York, Lancaster counties claimed amid low turnout


ROCK HILL, S.C. - The race between two former council members looking to regain a seat in District 3 ended Tuesday night with Joe Cox edging out Steve McNeely, according to unofficial reports from voting officials.

At the last update from elections officials, Cox had 930 votes to McNeely’s 738.

Cox will most likely move on to take the seat since he does not face opposition in the general election.

In the county council’s District 5 race, challenger Patrick White was unable to unseat incumbent Curwood Chappell.

With all 17 precincts reporting, Chappell earned nearly 60 percent of the vote.

In Lancaster County District 3, Bob Bundy was able to handily beat Wayne Kersey for the nomination. The two were running to fill the seat of Dennis Cole, who decided not to see re-election.

In District 7, Brian Carnes squared off with Jerry Holt for the newly created District 7 seat. Carnes won his race with a total of 314 votes to Holt’s 201 votes.

Carnes will now run for one of two seats representing Indian Land.

The most notable information from the primary, however, was the low turnout.

Races in Lancaster and York counties did not reach 20 percent. In the congressional race for the newly created District 7, not quite 70,000 people voted between the Republican and Democratic primaries.

In the S.C. House District 41 race, Mary Gail Douglas and Annie McDowell appeared to be heading to a runoff, but elections officials had not made that announcement late Tuesday night. 

State elections officials have not yet said what percentage of voters turned out Tuesday.