The ballots have been counted, the victory speeches delivered and the campaign signs crumpled -- a lot of them, anyway. Here are four nuggets of wisdom gleaned from local Election Day results.
Even tightly contested municipal elections failed to buoy voter turnout: Only 43.6 percent of South Carolina's registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday's mid-terms, which state elections officials say was the lowest turnout for a general election in at least 40 years.
And turnout in Beaufort County was only marginally better -- 44 percent -- even with contested Hilton Head Island mayoral and Beaufort City Council races on the ballot in some parts of the county. That was 10 percent less than in the most recent mid-terms, in 2010.
Only 16 of the county's 92 precincts surpassed the state-average turnout, and even those barely scraped 50 percent, according to the data.
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The most active precincts have larger-than-typical retiree populations -- Sun City 3, Sun City 5 and Hilton Head 14 each saw 50 percent of voters Tuesday. St. Helena 1C, a new precinct that serves Dataw Island, had 56 percent turnout.
The Rural and Critical Lands program seems to be growing on rural voters: Obscured by the overwhelming success of efforts to fund Beaufort County's Rural and Critical Lands program in three previous referendums is the lack of support among those who actually live on rural land.
For example, when 62 percent of voters countywide approved $20 million for funding in 2012, the ballot measure nonetheless failed in a dozen precincts, most of them in Dale, Lobeco, Seabrook, Burton and on St. Helena Island.
That trend might have turned Tuesday, when a measure to kick in another $20 million for the program passed with 72 percent of the vote countywide. Only in the Dale/Lobeco precinct did most voters still oppose the funding -- and even then by a smaller margin than in 2012, according to county data.
Beaufort County turned a slightly deeper shade of red: By most any measure, Beaufort County was firmly Republican territory even before Tuesday, with the GOP holding all countywide partisan seats. County government got ever so slightly more Republican -- or at least less blue -- after incumbent Beaufort County Councilwoman Laura Von Harten, a Democrat, was defeated by petition candidate Alice Howard for the District 4 seat.
The Republican trend is further illustrated by straight-party voting.
The percentage of straight-party voters casting ballots for Republicans increased this year to 62 percent, up from 58 percent in 2012 and 54 percent in 2010, the last mid-term election year. Straight-party Republicans also rose as a percentage of all voters, up two points from 2012 to 34 percent this year and up a whopping 12 percent since 2010.
In raw numbers, about 47,700 ballots were cast in Beaufort County on Tuesday, and 16,333 of them were straight-party votes for the GOP.
Voters have a sense of humor: Daffy, Bugs Bunny and their Looney Tunes pals have never mustered enough support to win office, but they do have a loyal base in Beaufort County and across the state, according to county elections director Marie Smalls.
A handful of prankster voters used their write-ins for laughs, with cartoon characters a popular choice. Other write-in "candidates" receiving votes included "Anyone Else," "No One" and "Not (name your incumbent)," Smalls said. The office has even gotten the occasional ex-wife, such as former S.C. first lady Jenny Sanford, elections staff has said.
"We usually just laugh it off," she said. "I chalk it up to frustrated voters taking a chance to vent a little."
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