Kirk Hanna and Cam Crawford emerged from a six-candidate field Tuesday to secure spots in a June 30 runoff for the Horry County Council District 6 seat.
Hanna led all candidates in the special Republican Primary, earning about 37 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results. Crawford garnered 34 percent. Since neither candidate received more than half of the votes cast, election officials said a runoff is necessary. That race will essentially determine the winner because there is no Democratic opposition in the Aug. 4 general election.
The district includes the Socastee and Forestbrook communities and holds over 15,000 registered voters. More than 1,100 of those — about 7 percent — went to the polls Tuesday.
“I was excited about the turnout because everybody said the turnout was going to be lower than this,” said Hanna, a 36-year-old who owns a construction company. “I can tell you I knocked on approximately 2,500 doors over the past three weeks. ... We had a great turnout, but we’ll just have to keep plugging and try a little harder for the runoff.”
Crawford also seemed upbeat about the results.
“We ran a very positive, issue-based campaign, a campaign that was about people,” the 38-year-old small business owner said. “I’m pleased with the response that we received to our message regarding public safety and infrastructure. And I look forward to continuing to meet people in District 6 and talking to them about critical issues.”
Roads, public safety and economic growth have been key issues throughout the race and the remaining candidates said they plan to spend the next two weeks discussing their positions on those matters with voters.
The special election is needed to replace Bob Grabowski, who committed suicide in March. The term expires in 2016.
Tuesday’s results are expected to be certified at 10 a.m. Thursday. Here’s how the other candidates fared: Ric Coates (3 percent), Blaine Garren (6 percent), Cary Rowell (5 percent) and Chris Stephens (15 percent).
Contact CHARLES D. PERRY at 626-0218 or on Twitter @TSN_CharlesPerr.