VIDEO: Turnout Remains Low At Most Precincts
Jenn Webb and her supporters were out in force campaigning in her race for Bob Taylor's county council position, while Taylor himself is manning the phones.
Afternoon samplings of polling places in Greenville County confirmed that many precincts are still seeing relatively low turnout in Tuesday's primary, with many locations still seeing 10 percent or less of its registered voters showing up.
Greenville 1 precinct at League Academy had roughly 130 votes just after the lunch hour, compared to some 1,600 on the roll, while the Avon precinct in the heart of the Botany Woods area had seen just 84 voters out of 1,200 registered.
At Spring Forest near Haywood Road, a mere 60 votes had been cast out of roughly 1,000 registered in the precinct.
Meanwhile, in the Taylors area the storyline that continues to develop is the aggressive campaigning of the challengers, and their apparent success to mobilize their supporters. Of dozens asked across polling sites in western Taylors as well as the Pelham Road and Haywood Road area, the majority of randomly selected voters who agreed to be disclose their selections said they voted for Chris Sullivan over Mike Fair. Jenn Webb, running for Bob Taylor's seat on the Greenville County Council, has also received some favorable returns in exit interviews. Webb woke up at 5 a.m. Tuesday and has been criss-crossing the district in person to campaign.
Patch.com caught up with Webb on East North Street for an on-camera interview with the candidate, which can be seen on the video attachment.
Scott Stephens and his wife, Loretta, have also been actively campaigning in person across the Taylors area in the race against Sid Cates for county council.
Taylor, an incumbent with 12 years on the council, made the strategic decision to forego face-to-face campaigning Tuesday. Instead, Taylor told Patch, he was manning the phones to encourage supporters to get out and vote.
Still, afternoon returns don't indicate a huge upswing in voter participation. As of 3:30 p.m., many precincts were still seeing roughly 10-percent participation.
Patch.com will also be keeping an eye on returns from the Senate 5 race, which pits Amanda Somers against Tom Corbin.
Patch will be at Greenville County Square as the votes roll in tonight. Polls close at 7 p.m.