Two Republicans will have little time to celebrate after advancing in a run-off for an open state House seat.
Phyllis Henderson and Keith Smith both garnered enough votes Tuesday to advance to a run-off election for House District 21. The Greenville County seat was formerly held by Republican Bill Wylie, who died unexpectedly in September. Henderson finished first in the primary with 741 votes, while Smith finished with 639.
Henderson spoke with Greenville radio station WORD afterwards:
It’s been a long three weeks. (We’ve) knocked on over 1,500 doors and talked to a lot of people. I just want to thank them all for their support.
It will be a hectic stretch run in the District 21 race. Both candidates will square off again in the October 26 runoff. The winner will then face Democrat Susan Scarborough Smith a week later in the November 2 general election.
Samuel Harms finished third in the primary, followed by John Symons and Steve Dowd. Ten percent of voters participated in the primary.