Since Tuesday’s General Election, many questions have been asked about how straight party voting affected the election locally.


In Aiken County, 44 percent of people voted straight party, electing to focus on a party’s candidates en masse, rather than specifically voting for individuals. Here are statistics on some of the more hotly-contested races in Aiken County and how the candidates fared for specific candidate votes versus party votes.


Voter turnout – 67 percent


There were 70,747 votes from 105,086 registered voters


Straight party vote – 44 percent


Republican – 16,746, 53.3 percent


Democrat – 14,243, 45.3 percent


Libertarian – 205, 0.65 percent


Green – 112, 0.36 percent


Constitution – 84, 0.27 percent


Working Families 42, 0.13 percent


Races:

• Aiken County Probate Judge


Judge Sue H. Roe (D)


Total votes – 37,581


Percentage of total from straight party votes – 37.9


Number of specific candidate votes – 23,338


Jane Page Thompson (R)


Total votes – 30,268


Percentage of total from straight party votes – 55.3


Number of specific candidate votes – 13,530


• State Senate District 26


Deedee Vaughters (R)


Aiken County/total votes – 4,160/14,246


Percentage of Aiken County/District votes – 36.8/39.38


Nikki Setzler (D)


Aiken County/total votes – 7,126/21,856


Percentage of Aiken County/votes cast – 63/60.41


• S.C. House of Representatives District 81


Jane Vaughters (P)


Total votes – 6,100


Percentage of total – 34.7


Don Wells (R)


Total votes – 11,454


Percentage of total – 65


Twenty-five percent of the Aiken County electorate voted in the District 81 race. As a petition candidate, Vaughters got no straight party votes. Assuming 25 percent of straight party votes were cast in this district, if they are removed, Wells still would prevail.