The two Republican incumbents in Dorchester County will return to their seats on council.

With 13 of 13 precincts reporting, District 2 Councilman David Chinnis had 58 percent of the vote to challenger Scott Inabinet's 42 percent.

In District 7, incumbent Jay Byars defeated newcomer Lester Dempsey, receiving 60 percent of the vote to Dempsey's 40 percent with 16 of 16 precincts reporting. Both were unofficial results.

"I continue to be humbled by the confidence that the voters in District 2 show in me," Chinnis said.

Both Chinnis and Byars said an attempt to derail the campaign didn't work.

"There were some third parties who got involved and started slinging mud," Chinnis said. "I know for a fact, talking to voters out there, that turned some folks off, but they know me. . They know better than what they've read."

Chinnis said he was clear on his message of conservative policy.

"We stood on the issues and it was very clear," he said. "The voters heard the message."

Byars also said he was humbled by the confidence from voters in his district.

"I am very happy that we ran a nice, positive campaign," he said. "We rejected negative politics so we can build a better Dorchester County."

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