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  • Mulvaney supporters cheer results

    Hundreds of anxious Mick Mulvaney supporters waited for news about the 5th Congressional District race Tuesday night at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.
    Soon after polls closed at 7 p.m., they were huddled around flat-screen televisions scattered around the room. Cheers, sighs or gasps would occasionally burst from the crowd as votes poured in and the news channels reported the tallies.

  • Shaw worked hard to win votes

    Joe Shaw said he worked harder this election than in any of his other campaigns for office.
    Shaw, who’s been Lancaster’s mayor for 28 years, won re-election to his eighth term in office on Tuesday. He said he looks forward to another four years of providing leadership and service to the city’s residents.
    The mayor received 1,419 of the votes (54 percent) Tuesday.
    City Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace finished second with 924 votes (35 percent). Mary Helen Yarborough got 192 votes (7 percent) and Donnie Birchfield got 107 votes (4 percent).

  • Lancaster County vote totals – uncertified results

    Following are the uncertified Lancaster County vote totals. A * in front of the name indicates the winner of the race. Some changes in vote totals may occur when the votes are certified Friday morning, but they are not expected to change the outcome in any races:
    U.S. Congress, 5th District
    * Mick Mulvaney, R – 13,059
    John Spratt, D (i) – 9,058
    U.S. Senate
    *  Jim DeMint, R (i)– 14,285
    Alvin Greene, D – 6,148
    Tom Clements, Green Party –1,189

  • School board incumbents win re-election

    All of the Lancaster County school board members on the ballot Tuesday won re-election.
    Don McCorkle, who represents District 1, bested two challengers – political newcomers Leland Hughes and Kevin Sexton.
    McCorkle got 2,137 votes (47 percent). Sexton garnered 1,529 votes (34 percent) and Hughes got 860 votes (percent).
    All of the figures are unofficial. The county's Election Commission will certify the results Friday.
    McCorkle said he had to get out and campaign a lot more than he did in 2006. He believes his message resonated with voters.

  • Long keeps S.C. House seat

    Republican incumbent Deborah A. Long won the S.C. House District 45 seat over Democrat Mary L. Bernsdorff in Tuesday's general election.
    According to unofficial results from the Lancaster and York County Election Commissions, Long won 65 percent of the vote, which was 10,272 votes. Bernsdorff trailed at 35 percent with 5,522 votes.
    In Lancaster County, Long received 6,974 votes or 61 percent of the vote, compared to Bernsdorff's 4,518 votes, or 39 percent of the vote.

  • County seeks input from residents in survey

    As the county begins to gather information for its first strategic plan, officials are asking the public to weigh in on the process.
    Deputy County Administrator Jeffery Naftal said county officials have developed a survey as part of the county’s strategic planning process.  He said it’s important council hear directly from residents about the needs of the county.

  • Council approves referendum on Indian Land Fire District

    Pat Latour urged Lancaster County Council last week to move forward with plans for an Indian Land Fire Protection District.
    The Indian Land resident was one of many supporters, and a few detractors, who spoke at council’s Oct. 26 meeting about the creation of a potential special tax district in Indian Land.
    The idea was introduced by members of grass-roots organization Indian Land Action Council, several of whom also attended the meeting, as a way to generate revenue for the Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department.

  • Local and state complete election results

    Local Races

    * Denotes winner

    (I) Denotes incumbent
     

  • Neal re-elected in District 44

    If the preliminary numbers are an accurate indicator, the voters in S.C. House District 44 are returning retired educator Jimmy Neal to the state General Assembly for his sixth full term.
    Neal, a Democrat, garnered 5,115 votes to Republican newcomer Rob McCoy’s 3,718 votes. If the numbers hold up, that means Neal got about 58 percent of the votes to McCoy’s 42 percent.
    Neal was the top vote-getter in 13 of the 18 precincts that encompass S.C. House District 44.

  • Mulvaney presumed winner over Spratt

    Late Tuesday night, Republican Mick Mulvaney thanked a crowded roomful of Republican supporters at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster for helping him win the U.S. House District 5 seat, unseating longtime Democratic incumbent John Spratt.
    Fellow Republican Deborah Long said an emotional Mulvaney thanked his parents, his wife, Pam, and the more than 1,000 volunteers who helped him win the race, especially John Major. Major drove Mulvaney’s bus all over the district, despite being recently diagnosed with cancer.