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June 11, 2014

Horry County Council District 5 race may need runoff

Voters will find out Thursday whether a runoff is required in the Horry County District 5 Council race.

Voters will find out Thursday whether a runoff is required in the Horry County District 5 Council race.

The votes are slated to be certified at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Horry County Voter Registration Office, 1515 4th Ave., Conway. The four-way race for the District 5 seat on Tuesday finished with two Murrells Inlet residents Tyler Servant, 23, gathering 1,047 votes and Clif Smith, 60 getting the second highest votes at 657. A runoff would be held on June 24, if required.

A runoff is needed when one candidate does not receive more than half of the votes tallied in a race with more than two candidates.

Smith said he was told there would not be a runoff, but if one is needed, he said it would be a challenge to close a nearly 400-vote gap.

Servant, 23, of Murrells Inlet, said he was humbled Tuesday night by the strong showing of supporters.

Their other opponents, Reese Boyd III and Chuck Ottwell, received 625 votes and 388 votes, respectively.

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