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Runoff election underway for next Myrtle Beach mayor

Photos from the John Rhodes and Brenda Bethune election Facebook pages

People will head to the polls today to vote for the next mayor of Myrtle Beach.

Incumbent Mayor John Rhodes and challenger Brenda Bethune bested three other candidates to become the top vote getters in the highly contested election on November 7, 2017.

Bethune had 39 percent of the vote, with 2,273 votes.

Rhodes had 30 percent of the vote, with 1,743 votes.

Ed Carey came in third with 1,023 votes, Mark McBride with 706 votes and C.D. Rozsa with 39 votes.

ABC15's Nick Papantonis spoke with each of the candidates after the votes were tallied.

Bethune called the result a victory, saying, "It's a huge accomplishment to get where we are right now. And my team just did such an incredible job."

"We felt like we were going to have a runoff and we came prepared for a runoff and right now, we know who we've got to compete against," Rhodes said.

Carey thanked his supporters, going on to say that Myrtle Beach has some issues that need to be addressed.

McBride said the people have spoken and chosen the path they want.

"Public safety isn't the issue," McBride said.

Finally, C.D. Rozsa expressed appreciated for those who came out to vote, as well as those who volunteered to work the polls on election day.

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