As seen 33 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, Aug. 11, 1976:
Primary elections end
More than 6,500 Columbia County voters went to the polls Aug. 10, 1976, stood in long lines for up to 11/2 hours, and cast their votes in the General Primary. For most offices, this will be the deciding vote, as there will be no opposition in the November General Election.
In the county races, four runoff elections will be necessary. Kathryn Morris and Frank Sprouse will compete for judge of probate court, Ted Lane and U.H. Pittman for the Martinez seat on the county commission, Dillard Watkins and probably Baxley Huffman for the Grovetown seat, and Charles Allen and probably Vince Robertson for the Evans seat.
In other races, incumbents who sought re-election were usually successful. The only definite upset was Lynn Norris' defeat of Buck Story for the Harlem seat on the county commission. Norris also won his race for chairman of the commission.
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