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Two Horry County Council races headed for a recount after a delay in vote totals

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The final unconfirmed results from Horry County primary election races were finally released Wednesday after issues with eight voting machines.

The issues delayed results for four races.

Horry County Election Director Sandy Martin said Tuesday night they discovered eight voting machines with issues.

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Martin said some of the precincts experienced power issues that impacted battery life for some of the machines. She added that machines malfunctioning is nothing new because technology isn't perfect.

Eight machines were checked and county election officials released the remaining votes around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday.

In the highly contested GOP primary for the Horry County Council Chairman’s race, there will be a recount.

Johnny Gardner has 12,350 votes to incumbent Mark Lazarus’s 12,154. Only 196 votes separate the two candidates. Because that’s less than one percent, a recount is required by state law.

A recount is also necessary in the GOP primary for the Horry County Council District 2 race. Only 30 votes separate incumbent Bill Howard and challenger Dean Pappas. Howard has 1,381 votes to Pappas’s 1,351.

There are also two unconfirmed winners in the other two Horry County races.

For the Democratic primary for Horry County Council District 7, Harold Leon Phillips, 822 votes, defeated Lee Sherman, 481 votes.

And for the GOP primary for Horry County Council Board of Education District 6, Helen Smith wins with 1,074 votes over Pamela Timms’s 619 votes.

The results in the two races with declared winners will be certified at 10 a.m. Thursday.

The recounts in the other two races will be held on Friday.

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