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Dist. 17 GOP primary will be decided with runoff

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Two voting booths await voters at a polling place in Greenville County. (File/FOX Carolina) Two voting booths await voters at a polling place in Greenville County. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Republican primary for the vacated state House seat in District 17 will be decided by a runoff in two weeks.

Polling places in the northern Greenville County district were open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Conway Belangia, registration and elections director for Greenville County, said Mike Burns received 49 percent of the vote and Chris Sullivan picked up 39 percent. The remaining candidates, Roy Harmon, Tom Kolarik and Randall Young, picked up 6 percent, 3 percent and 1 percent respectively.

Burns and Sullivan advance to a runoff election which will be held Feb. 5.

The special election, which will be held March 12, will fill the state House seat left empty after Tom Corbin resigned to become a state senator representing District 5.

Tuesday's primary was the first election held since the state's voter ID law was implemented. Belangia said three voters were required to use provisional ballots because they did not have the proper identification.

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