Todd Harrelson – who has been on council for three years and is serving as mayor pro tem – edged out longtime Loris City Councilman Michael Suggs, according to the unofficial results announced in front of a packed meeting room at the Loris Public Safety building.
Harrelson received 182 votes while Suggs garnered 181.
Loris officials said 224 votes were needed to secure a win in Tuesday's election, which saw three members of Loris City Council facing each other and one newcomer.
Because no candidate hit that number, Suggs and Harrelson will be the names on the ballot when a runoff takes place June 11.
Joan Gause, who has been a member of Loris City Council for 25 years, received 71 votes Tuesday and newcomer Jeanie Tyler Fox got 15 votes.
There was only one write-in ballot. That was for former Mayor David Stoudemire.
There were 73 absentee ballots cast at the Horry County Elections Office in Conway. Of those, 66 were for Suggs.
The votes will be certified Thursday.