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Low turnout runoff sees Tippens take west end seat

            Josh Tippens won the runoff for the west end (district 1) commission seat over David Shouse 1,092 to 440 in Tuesday’s vote. No one qualified as a democrat for this race, so the winner in yesterday’s GOP primary runoff will take the seat without a general election challenge.

            Tippens will assume the seat in January, replacing Jerry Barnes, who has served as the west end commissioner since the county moved to multi-member government before he elected not to seek re-election this year.

            1,532 people cast cards in the district 1 portion of Pickens County, out of the 11,542 registered west end voters, giving a 13.27 percent turnout on that side of the county.

            There were no other contested GOP races, so east Pickens Republicans had the day off.

            There were a handful of state democrat races bringing fewer than 200 local Democrats to the polls. Overall the county saw a 7 percent turnout with 1,126 people voting on election day; 493 voting early in person; and 85 voting absentee ballot by mail.

           The election office said the day ran very smoothly with such a light turnout. There remained just a couple of provisional ballots to be reviewed by the elections office staff/board but not enough to change any result here.

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