ELECTION 2013

UPDATE: Election results stand in Lexington, Springdale mayoral races; run-off set in Batesburg-Leesville

Columbia - The StateNovember 7, 2013 

Ballot recounts Friday did not change the results in elections in Lexington and Springdale where two mayors narrowly lost.

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

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

Total vote tallies did not change in the recount, Lexington County election officials said Friday.

Meanwhile, a runoff will occur for a council post in Batesburg-Leesville.

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.

Tim Flach

 

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