Columbia, SC: State Election Commissioners met at 10:00am today to certify the November 2, 2004, General Election results for all federal, statewide and multi-county offices. The Commission ordered a recount for Senate District 35 to be conducted on Friday, November 12, 2004, at 9:00am. Senate District 35 incorporates parts of Lee and Sumter counties. Candidates involved in that race are Dickie Jones (R) and Phil Leventis (D).
Recounts are mandated when there is a one percent difference in the total votes cast between two candidates for one office. In this case, Dickie Jones received 15,577 votes and Phil Leventis received 15,632 votes. Since there is less than a one percent difference (312.09) between the two candidates, a recount is automatic.
The Commission has authorized the Executive Director to certify the recount on Friday, November 12, 2004, at 2:00pm.