CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – The Charleston County Board of Elections has confirmed that three local races will go to a runoff in two weeks.
All eyes are on the City of Charleston’s mayoral race where incumbent John Tecklenburg will face off against challenger William Cogswell. Unofficial results from the South Carolina Election Commission show Cogswell with 36 percent of the vote and Tecklenburg with 32 percent.
And the Charleston mayoral race isn’t the only one that will see a run-off election.
On Folly Beach, the race for a seat on city council remains tight between Billy Grooms and Ann Peets with unofficial results showing the pair separated by just 11 votes. Votes for two other candidates, Katherine Houghton and Chris Bizzell, will be confirmed on Thursday afternoon.
The Charleston City Council District 9 race will also go to a runoff between William Tinkler and Mike Gastin after neither earned the required 50% plus one vote.
Runoffs mean candidates will go back to work, possibly knocking on doors and speaking with voters ahead of the runoff election which will be held Nov. 21.
Charleston County Board of Elections Director Isaac Cramer says although this process could be seen as tedious, these races in an “off-election year” could affect you the most.
“Local elections matter for all of us because they affect our day-to-day life, and they are the elections with the lowest turnout, and every vote does matter, we have a lot of elections, locally, that are determined by a handful of votes,” said Cramer.