Columbia, SC: The State Election Commission has declared Phil Leventis(D) the winner in Senate District 35 after a recount was conducted this morning. Senate District 35 incorporates parts of Lee and Sumter counties.
The State Election Commission ordered a recount after election results determined there was a one percent difference in the total votes cast between the two candidates for the office. On Election night, Dickie Jones(R) received 1,688 votes in Lee county and 13,889 votes in Sumter County for a combined total of 15,577 votes. Phil Leventis(D) received 1,431 votes in Lee County and 14,201 votes in Sumter County for a combined total of 15,632 votes. After the recount today, Dickie Jones picked up one additional vote in Lee County and lost 124 votes in Sumter County to bring his final election count to 15,454. Phil Leventis did not gain or lose any votes in Lee County and lost 92 votes in Sumter to bring his final election count to 15,540. Sumter County did not explain the loss in votes for both candidates.
Lee County uses the optical scan voting machine and Sumter is the only county in the state using punchcards.