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Two victors emerged Tuesday night in Lancaster County’s primary election – Republicans Brian Carnes and Bob Bundy.
Carnes wins District 7 primary
Carnes, who squared off with Jerry Holt for County Council’s newly created District 7 seat, won his race with a total of 314 votes to Holt’s 201 votes.
Carnes will run in November for one of two council seats representing the Indian Land area, but faces no Democratic opposition.
In an interview Tuesday night, Carnes was excited with his triumph.
“It feels good, but I didn’t do it by myself,” Carnes said after the results were tallied. “There were a number of people who helped me and they’re the ones I give the credit to.”
Disappointed with the news, Holt didn’t rule out any future runs for other elected offices.
“I can’t say I’m not a little disappointed about the results because I think I would’ve done a good job, but certainly I wish Brian well,” Holt said.
Bundy wins District 3 primary
Bundy, who faced Wayne Kersey for the Lancaster County Council District 3 seat, won the primary election, with a total of 614 votes to Kersey’s 284 votes. Bundy is running to fill the seat of incumbent Councilman Dennis “Cotton” Cole, who is not seeking re-election.
Bundy also said he was pleased with his win and looks forward, if elected in November, to focusing on job creation and managing the county’s budget.
“It’s really, really exciting,” Bundy said. “The support I got from people just amazes me. I’m excited to have this support and have this many people interested in county government.”
Minutes after learning the news, Kersey said he “wasn’t really surprised” with the vote, but enjoyed the campaign process nonetheless.
“I really enjoyed myself for these last three months,” Kersey said.
County Voter Registration Director Mary Ann Hudson said turnout was low this year and several polling places saw scant numbers of voters throughout the day.
“It was a low turnout, but some precincts had a decent amount, including Dwight, Spring Hill and both Pleasant Valleys,” Hudson said.
The numbers by precinct are:
District 7 race:
-Belair II: Carnes 42, Holt 19
-Pleasant Valley I: Carnes 143, Holt 72
-Pleasant Valley II: Carnes 120, Holt 105
-Absentee (Ivotronic machine): Carnes 5, Holt 2
-Absentee (paper ballot): Carnes 4, Holt 3
District 3 race:
-Antioch: Bundy 16, Kersey 37
-Camp Creek: Bundy 63, Kersey 31
-Dwight: Bundy 164, Kersey 39
-Hyde Park: Bundy 72, Kersey 55
-Lancaster East: Bundy 21, Kersey 3
-Spring Hill: Bundy 143, Kersey 68
-Unity: Bundy 90, Kersey 35
-Absentee (Ivotronic machine): Bundy 38, Kersey 16
-Absentee (paper ballot): Bundy 7, Kersey 0