Dorchester County voters on Tuesday returned the three incumbents to their county council seats and one to the Statehouse.
In addition, two candidates were chosen to represent the party in Statehouse races in the general election.
All three council members handily beat their opponents, with District 7 Councilman Jay Byars avoiding a runoff.
In District 2, Councilman David Chinnis bested current Dorchester District 2 school board member Gail Hughes by a margin of 65 percent to 35 percent. All results are unofficial until certified later this week.
District 3 Councilman George Bailey took 57 percent of the vote to challenger Robert Gatch’s 43 percent.
Byars garnered 63 percent of the vote to 29 percent for challenger Lester Dempsey and 8 percent for Robert Biddle.
In the contest for House District 94, current County Councilman Con Chellis won the right to face Democrat Damian Daly in the general election. Chellis took 62 percent of the vote to current District 2 School Board member Evan Guthrie’s 31 percent and Glenn Zingarino’s 6 percent.
Many Kimmons bested Don Johnson for the Republican nomination for House District 97 by a margin of 68 percent to 32 percent. She’ll challenge Democrat incumbent Patsy Knight in November.
Rep. Chris Murphy defeated current County Councilman Larry Hargett for the third time to win House District 98 by a count of 61 percent to 39 percent. No Democrat is running.
The results underscored a split in the county’s Republican Party. The conservative-run party interviewed 19 GOP candidates and issued grades on a 100-point scale. In many cases, candidates with the highest scores were bested by those who didn’t fare as well on their interviews.
With the exception of Chinnis and Bailey, all of the primary winners did not have the top grade for their office on the party scorecard.
Many of the candidates said they felt the interviews did not reflect their suitability for office but instead only took into account their involvement in the local party.