Republican Race for Lt. Gov. Heads for Recount, Runoff

Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The Republican Lieutenant Governor race is still up in the air. The field of four will be cut in half for a runoff, but only one person has officially survived last night's primary.

Former attorney general Henry McMaster is headed for the runoff, but does not yet know who he will face.

The state election commission says the race between the candidates who got the second and third most votes,Pat McKinney and Mike Campbell is too tight to call.

"The unofficial results show that there would be runoff in lieutenant governor because the margin of difference is so close between the second and third place candidate, there would be a mandatory recount. Now, the state election commission will meet on Friday to call for those mandatory recounts and runoffs," said Chris Whitmire, a spokesman for the election commission.

With the race so close the election commission says it will call for a recount on Friday before determining who will face McMaster.

"If this was something I was concerned about, the outcome of this, I wouldn't't continue this process. We're in this thing and we're in it to win. I think at the end of the day we're gonna be in the runoff," said Campbell.


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