Elections officials have still not set the date for a recount in the Republican lieutenant governor’s race.
Former Attorney General Henry McMaster got the most support at 44 percent of the vote during Tuesday’s primary. But that was not enough to avoid a June 24 runoff. However, McMaster still doesn’t know who his opponent will be in that runoff. Both Charleston real estate developer Pat McKinney and Columbia investment manager Mike Campbell have 24 percent of the vote, with McKinney leading by four-tenths of a percentage point.
State Election Commission spokesman Chris Whitmire said county officials will rule on provisional ballots Thursday, which will set the final unofficial total. If the difference between McKinney and Campbell is still less than one percent, then the commission will order a recount on Friday.
Both candidates are staying in the race for now, despite trailing McMaster by 20 percentage points. “If the outcome of this was something I was concerned about, then I wouldn’t continue this process,” Campbell told reporters Wednesday. “We’re in this thing to win.”
Campbell did say he would accept whatever result the Election Commission announces.
McKinney said he was confident his slim lead would hold during any recount. “It looks like we’re going to be the ones in the runoff,” he told WIS. “We’re making plans for that and we’re moving forward.”
The Republican winner will face State Rep. Bakari Sellers, D-Denmark, in November. Sellers was unopposed in the Democratic primary.