HANAHAN -- Mayor Minnie Blackwell is out of the race for Berkeley County supervisor, but her supporters could play a key role in the runoff that decides the winner.
Blackwell won't say publicly which candidate she wants to see win, incumbent Dan Davis or U.S. Rep. Henry Brown, the retiring congressman seeking a job closer to home.
"There are certain aspects of each one I do not agree with," Blackwell said.
Brown and Davis finished the Republican primary in a near dead heat, setting up a runoff June 22. Blackwell's supporters accounted for nearly 19 percent of the votes, potentially giving them the power to decide which man gets the county's top job.
Blackwell and Davis often clashed when she was on City Council and Davis was Hanahan city administrator.
But she's not happy with Brown either, she said. In her view, he spoiled her chance to unseat Davis, entering the race well after Blackwell announced as a candidate.
"I think I'm going to stay neutral on this," Blackwell said. "That's going to be up to the people. They're going to have to look at their moral values and see which one they can support."
Blackwell won three out of four precincts in the candidates' home base in Hanahan, but Davis got the most overall votes in the city with a big win in Precinct 1.
Davis also picked up a number of extra votes in Bonneau Beach.
Brown won both Daniel Island precincts, Moncks Corner and the biggest precinct in Goose Creek, Boulder Bluff, although Davis picked up some of Goose Creek's 14 precincts to keep it close.
In the other runoff in Berkeley County, the odd man out also is staying neutral.
In the Republican primary for Berkeley County coroner, Johnny Hill, a small-business owner who first ran for coroner nearly 25 years ago, was knocked out of the race Tuesday. In a runoff, longtime Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Salisbury will face Sharon Shuler, a crime-scene investigator for the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office.
Salisbury finished slightly ahead of Shuler in Tuesday's primary, but Hill took more than a quarter of the vote.
Hill said he won't endorse either of the other candidates.
"No, I talked to both of my opponents," he said. "They're both good people. I think most people know all three of us. I'll leave it up to them to make up their minds."
Neither of the runoff winners will face Democratic opposition in November.