One Horry County Council race decided Tuesday

Voters casting their ballots Tuesday morning at Socastee High School

Update: On Wednesday, the day after the primary election, Horry County found a discrepancy with 525 paper absentee ballots that resulted in a change in the outcome of the Horry County Council District 5 race. Tuesday night, it appeared Clif Smith finished second in the primary and would be headed to a runoff with Tyler Servant. But with the new results, Boyd was the second top vote-getter and will be heading to the runoff.
Read the updated results story for more details.

Voters in Tuesday's primary elections had the chance to cast deciding votes for two Horry County Council seats.

The races for Horry County Council's District 5 and District 8 seats had no Democratic challengers, meaning that the results of the Republican primary on Tuesday will decide who wins the seats.

Johnny Vaught won the primary for the District 8 seat against Candace Howell and Daniel Cochran.

District 8 is located in the central part of the county and includes the neighborhoods mostly to the south of U.S. 501 including those near Burning Ridge Golf Course and Legends Golf Resort and parts of Carolina Forest. It also includes the neighborhood around Wild Wing Plantation.

But the District 5 seat will not be decided as a result of Tuesday's election. That race will go to a runoff election because no candidate garnered more than 50% of the votes.

Tyler Servant and Clif Smith will face each other in a runoff election to decide the winner of the Republican primary for that seat.

District 5 is located in the eastern most portion of the county and includes the Town of Surfside Beach and Garden City.

There also may be an automatic recount in the Republican Primary for the Horry County Council District 2 seat because the results were so close.

We will post more information on these runoffs and recounts as soon as it becomes available.

Check back here for more on these races as the results come in. For overall election results visit our Primary Election Results page.