Recount Likely Needed in Lt. Gov Race

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The Republican race to nominate a candidate for lieutenant governor is headed to a runoff, but a recount will likely have to take place first before that next election takes place.

Tuesday's night's primary for the four candidates ended no candidate getting the 50 percent of the vote needed to avoid a runoff. Henry McMaster led all candiates with 44 percent of the vote, ensuring he'll be part of the runoff that will take place June 24th. Who'll join him, however, is the remaining question.

With about 99 percent of precincts reporting, Pat McKinney has an 1,138 vote lead over Mike Campbell in unofficial results. As of mid-Wednesday morning, though, Colleton and Aiken Counties hadn't finished submitting all their election data. All counties must also meet Thursday and decided which provisional ballots will counted.

Chris Whitmire with the State Election Commission says those extra votes will be needed to determine if a recount will happen. Under state law, a mandatory recount takes place if the difference between two candidates is less than one percent of the total votes cast. As the vote stands now, that recount would be necessary. However, the final votes could potentially push the differential over the one percent threshold for a recount.

Whitmire says the vote totals will be certified early Friday afternoon. At that time, the commission will decide if they'll order the recount. It would take place that same day, and a vote total would be certified shortly after the process is complete.


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