Originally created 06/25/02

Primary runoffs

The voter's work - like the housekeeper's - is never done. Two weeks ago, in a disappointingly low turnout, South Carolinians trooped to the polls to vote in the primaries.

Most of the voting was in Republican races, as there was only one statewide contested Democratic race. There were six statewide races on the GOP side and only one got the more than 50 percent needed to win the nomination outright - Richard Eckstrom for comptroller general.

So there's still plenty of decision-making left today in the runoff rounds, including for governor and attorney general. Third U.S. House district Republicans will also decide between Gresham Barrett and James Klauber as to who will in all likelihood succeed Lindsey Graham, running for the U.S. Senate.

Voters who were eligible to vote two weeks ago may vote today even if they didn't vote then. With a thinner field and many issues clarified, perhaps the turnout will improve.


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