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McMaster's runoff opponent to be unclear for days

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Top-left to bottom-right: Mike Campbell, Pat McKinney, Henry McMaster and Ray Moore. (Source: Candidates' Facebook pages) Top-left to bottom-right: Mike Campbell, Pat McKinney, Henry McMaster and Ray Moore. (Source: Candidates' Facebook pages)
COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -

A day after the primary, Henry McMaster's opponent in the runoff to determine the Republican lieutenant governor nominee remains unclear.

The second-place finisher in the four-way Republican race likely won't be official until at least Saturday.

Less than 1 percentage point separates retired Kiawah Island developer Pat McKinney and Mike Campbell, son of the late Gov. Carroll Campbell. Both got about 24 percent of the vote, with McKinney slightly leading.

County officials will rule on provisional ballots Thursday. Those include ballots cast by voters who lacked photo identification. If the gap remains less than 1 percent, an automatic recount will be ordered Friday.

State Election Commission spokesman Chris Whitmire says the commission must meet again to certify those results, possibly Saturday.

That would leave just 10 days before the runoff.

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