Results: Jasper County runoff election

achristnovich@islandpacket.comJune 26, 2012 

Incumbent Jasper County Sheriff Gregory Jenkins will appear on the November ballot as the Democratic nominee after beating challenger Samuel Woodward by 211 votes in Tuesday's runoff election.

While no Republican candidate is on the November ballot, Keefe Blatchley is attempting a petition campaign to appear as an independent.

Tom Johnson won the Democratic primary runoff for the at-large seat on the Jasper County Council, besting incumbent Samuel Gregory. He will face Republican Grady Woods in November.

Barbara Clark won the Democratic primary runoff for the Hardeeville seat on the council, defeating Steve Reaves. She will face Republican Joe Arzillo in November.

Under state law, runoffs are required if neither of the top two vote-getters in a primary receives at least 50 percent of the vote. Jasper County's primaries were June 12.

The Jasper County Elections and Voter Registration Office reported low voter participation Tuesday, with most precincts reporting a 30 to 40 percent turnout, according to the S.C. State Election Commission website.

The results Tuesday:


  • Gregory Jenkins, incumbent: 2,702 -- 52%

  • Samuel Woodward: 2,491 -- 48%

  • County Council, at-large seat

  • Samuel Gregory, incumbent: 2,249 -- 44%

  • Tom Johnson: 2,881 -- 56%

  • County Council, Hardeeville seat

  • Barbara Clark: 2,999 -- 60%

  • Steve Reaves: 1,982 -- 40%

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