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Horry County officials on Wednesday blamed a glitch in the vote counting process for changes in the outcomes of two Republican Primary races.

County spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier sent out a news release at 10:15 p.m. saying there was a discrepancy with the 525 paper absentee ballots cast.

"We are working with the State Elections Commission to figure out exactly what caused the discrepancy," she said. "They told us to go ahead and hand enter the paper absentee ballot results so that we could get a correct report. This resulted in a change to the outcome of two races, County Council District 5 and House District 58."

In District 5, there will now be a June 24 runoff between Tyler Servant and Reese Boyd, not Servant and Clif Smith.

Boyd was pleased with the news.

"I want to thank everyone who has supported us, and ask you again to let’s take up the banner and move forward," he said in a news release. "We are thankful and humbled by the support we have received, and grateful that we now have an opportunity to move forward with our campaign. To those voters who chose to support other candidates on Tuesday, I would again humbly ask for your consideration and your support."

There will also be no runoff in the District 58 race, as top vote-getter Jeff Johnson now has enough votes with the seat outright. The original results called for a runoff with Jeffrey Garland.

"The candidates affected have been contacted by the Horry County Elections Office, and this will be finalized at the certification hearing tomorrow," Bourcier said. "The election results in the other races did have very slight changes, but again only affected the final outcome of two races as described above."

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