Politics & Government

Goldfinch wins runoff election

A voter leaves a polling both after casting her ballot at the Mary C. Canty Recreation Center. Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday to vote in the runoff elections.
A voter leaves a polling both after casting her ballot at the Mary C. Canty Recreation Center. Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday to vote in the runoff elections. jlee@thesunnews

State Rep. Stephen Goldfinch secured the most votes in a runoff election with challenger Reese Boyd for the S.C. Senate District 34 seat Tuesday night.

Goldfinch clinched a total of 1,375 votes (51.56 percent) over Boyd’s 1,292 (48.44 percent) in Horry County, according to unofficial results Tuesday night.

In Georgetown County - the hometown county of both challengers - Goldfinch netted 1,205 votes (53.65 percent) over Boyd’s 1,041 (46.35 percent), according to unofficial results.

In Charleston County, Goldfinch secured the final lead over his challenger, garnering 218 votes (51.90 percent) over Boyd’s 202 (48.10 percent), according to unofficial results.48/

Boyd and Goldfinch, both Republicans and attorneys from Murrells Inlet, garnered a little more than 40 percent of the vote in the primary two weeks ago, sparking a runoff.

Boyd was endorsed by Gov. Nikki Haley, but Goldfinch will now be the Republican nominee to replace retiring state Sen. Ray Cleary for Senate District 34.

Emily Weaver: 843-444-1722, @TSNEmily

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