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Turnout moderate in primary

A slow but steady turnout was reported by Horry County poll workers as voters cast their ballots Tuesday in the Democratic and Republican primaries.

In Socastee, more than 300 voters had shown up at Socastee Family Worship Center by mid-afternoon , according to poll clerk Paul Dillon.

"For a primary, I would say it's not extremely busy, but we've had a constant flow of people," Dillon said, adding that Republicans were outdoing Democrats in turnout.

Robin Peloquin cast her vote for the Republicans and said she had prepared her voting choices beforehand.

"I went through everybody yesterday and today," she said.

In Precinct 1 at Socastee High School, poll clerk Diane Watts said workers had seen about 10 percent to 15 percent of voters by 3 p.m.

"People are coming in pretty consistently," Watts said, adding that a few unregistered voters had come to cast ballots, but they were given directions for registering.

At Myrtlewood's Precinct 3, poll clerk Amanda Butler said, "It's going slower than I thought it would be."

She said by 2 p.m., about 170 people had voted, with about three Republicans for every Democrat.

Turnout overall in the state was moderate, but heavier in traditional Republican strongholds, according to S.C. election officials. Locally, a few snags were reported , but did not spell disruption.

In Emerald Forest precinct 2, the poll clerk didn't show up in time to open at St. Mary's Missionary Baptist Church in Carolina Forest, according to Horry County spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier.

The clerk carries the responsibility of bringing in the cartridges to start and operate the voting machines.

Elections volunteers had to go to the clerk's house to get the equipment, while voters were given paper ballots during the first half-hour of voting.

In Little River, Charles Randall, poll clerk at St. Paul AME Church, said the precinct had two out of eight machines down.

Still, "There have been no problems and no complaints," he said.

Staff writers Janelle Frost, Claudia Lauer and Adva Saldinger, and The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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