COLUMBIA, SC (WIS/AP) - The narrow race between the two Republican candidates for the SC-5 seat is so close, that it's forced a recount in for the election.
The Associated Press confirmed that a runoff will happen between former lawmaker Ralph Norman and state legislator Tommy Pope. The difference in votes on Tuesday night was less than 1 percent, meaning a recount is automatic.
Ralph Normal defeated Tommy Pope by exactly 203 votes.
The winner will face Democratic nominee Archie Parnell in the special election on June 20.
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The race is to fill the seat vacated by Mick Mulvaney who became White House budget director.
Norman's communications director R.J. Norman issued a statement saying that their next opponent is Parnell.
"Essentially, this election is over. We are moving on to the June 20 special election and we aren't wasting any time and we are hitting the ground running," May said. "Our opponent, as of a few hours ago is Archie Parnell. Democrats would like nothing more than to have us waste five days waiting on a recount. Archie Parnell is our opponent now."
Parnell also issued a statement, saying:
What happens in a recount? Here's what happens, via the South Carolina State Election Commission:
- County boards meet on Thursday to hold provisional ballot hearings and certify results.
- The SEC meets on Friday at 10 a.m. to certify results and order any necessary recounts. We are tentatively planning for the board to order the recount to begin at 10:30 a.m.
- Counties will be on standby and begin the recount at the time ordered. The process is to re-scan all paper ballots and re-read all electronic media from the polling places. Essentially, they will re-do what they did today.
- There will be an election results page accessible through scVOTES.org to view recount results as they come into the SEC.
- The SEC is tentatively planning to meet at 2:00 p.m. on Friday to certify the results of the recount.
Section 7-17-280 mandates a recount when: