Friday recounts set in Lexington, Springdale races; run-off for Batesburg-Leesville council

tflach@thestate.comNovember 7, 2013 

— Ballot recounts take place Friday in elections in Lexington and Springdale in which two mayors narrowly lost, while a run-off will occur for a council post in Batesburg-Leesville.

In Lexington, incumbent Randy Halfacre sought the review after an 18-vote loss, a first step toward a possible challenge to what some supporters say were backers turned away from the polls Tuesday.

“We’ll see where it goes from here,” he said.

Irregular town borders left some ineligible voters who live just outside the town thinking they could help decide the contest, Lexington County election director Dean Crepes said.

The other recount in Springdale is automatic due to the close margin.. The outcome was decided by two votes, with long-time Mayor Pat Smith the loser.

Voters in part of Batesburg-Leesville return to the polls Nov. 19 to settle on their Town Council representative.

The run-off is required, since none of the three candidates in District 3 received more than 50 percent of ballots cast.

That ballot will be canceled if incumbent Steve Cain and challenger Cynthia Settle, who finished second and third respectively, withdraw. Former councilwoman Delores Peaster was the frontrunner.

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