In today’s race for Dist. 41 in Charleston, Republican nominee Walter Hundley led Democrat Paul Tinkler by 14 votes, only 0.2 percent of the total 6,281 votes cast. Another 22 votes – enough to change the final outcome – remain uncounted due to a provisional status.
An automatic recount by the Election Commission, with inclusion of the yet-to-be-counted provisional ballots, takes place Friday.
“This election is not over,” Tinkler said this evening from his campaign headquarters in West Ashley, “and it won’t be until all the votes are counted.”
Although polls closed at 7 p.m., results from the Seabrook precinct were not submitted until almost 10 p.m. Unconfirmed reports claim the precinct poll clerk’s vehicle broke down en route to delivering the results to Charleston County’s election office. Tinkler led by 99 votes before this one remaining precinct’s votes were tallied.
In unofficial results released this evening, Tinkler took 3,098 votes (49.3 percent) to Hundley’s 3,112 (49.6).
Tinkler thanked his voters, volunteers and over 250 campaign donors in tonight’s yet-to-concede address, offering special thanks to his wife and daughter for their help.
“This is only a dry run,” he told the 50 present at his campaign headquarters. “We’ll do it again in November.”
Today’s special election was to fill the remaining six months of term left by Glenn McConnell, who recently took the Lt. Governor’s office vacated by Ken Ard.
Ard resigned shortly after taking the office earlier this year, and due to reports of his improper spending of campaign funds on illegitimate personal expenses.
Another election for this same office will appear on the November general election ballots. The 41st District will then include precincts in Dorchester County.
Green Party candidate Sue Edward took only 53 votes. She did not file to appear on the November ballots for this state senate race.