GOP runoff in State Senate 8 headed for recount

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Republican primary runoff election in State Senate District 8 will go to a recount as the unofficial results show that only 36 votes separate Ross Turner and Joe Swann in the Greenville County race.

The voting was not as close in Tuesday night’s two other legislative runoff elections, however. Tony Barwick won the Republican nomination in State Senate District 35 and MaryGail Douglas won the Democratic nomination in State House of Representatives District 41.

Under South Carolina law, a recount in an election is mandatory if the difference between the winner and second place finisher is less than one percentage point. With 100 percent of the votes counted, Turner had 2,784 votes, 50.33 percent of the total and Swann had 2,748 votes, or 49.67 percent.

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