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Voter turnout expected to be low in Tuesday's runoff elections


Polls open back up this Tuesday and there are still several big races to decide.

During the June 10 primary, out of roughly 2 million registered voters in the Palmetto State, only 16-percent came out to vote.

With the run-off election just two days away turnout could be even lower on Tuesday.

"I probably will not vote on Tuesday," said Kevin Bryant. "Actually, my wife talked about doing absentee voting, but we ended up not doing it."

Political analyst Shell Suber says with the expected smaller turnout many of Tuesday's run-off elections are unpredictable.

"It's human nature," Suber said. "Remember, primaries are inside baseball. It's parties selecting their nominee. This isn't the average voter voting on who he or she wants to be their representative."

A nominee for superintendent of education will have to be picked for both parties.

Henry McMaster will face Mike Campbell for Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor.

"It's a privilege and a duty that we have as citizens to participate in this process," Campbell said during a campaign event Saturday.

Campbell reminded people to get to the polls standing beside GOP heavy-hitter Mike Huckabee.

His opponent will be joined by another big name in the Upstate on Monday, Rick Santorum.

"This is an effort not to convince people to vote for you, but to remind people to vote for you," Suber said. "They help sell the message that this nationally prominent politician that you know and trust -- he's saying it's this important, so please come back to the polls."

Jeff Beach plans to vote regardless.

"We don't have any room to complain if we don't get out there and make our votes known," Beach said.

But that's not the case for others.

"I really don't have control over what happens anyway, so if they tell me I got to pay taxes, I'm going to pay my taxes," said Skylor Austin.

Suber said McMaster probably has the biggest leg up on Tuesday.

Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

You can vote in the run-off even if you did not vote in the primary.

If you did vote in the primary, you can vote only in that same party's races.

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