Thursday, June 14, 2012
A recount is expected to take place Monday in the race for S.C. Senate Seat 32 between Yancey McGill — who has held the seat since 1988 — and newcomer Cezar McKnight.
The reason for the mandatory recount is because unofficially McGill won by 82 votes. Recounts are required by law if the first and second place finishers are separated by less than one percent of the vote.
Chris Whitmire, the director of public information and training with the South Carolina Election Commission said a decision will be made Friday on when the recount will occur but it will likely be Monday.
In a telephone interview with the Georgetown Times Wednesday, McGill said the run-up to the Democratic Primary was one of the most divisive elections in which he has been participated.
“I have never dealt with a racial divide like I have in this election,” McGill said. “In Williamsburg it was a divisive type of election that I did not anticipate.”
Although McGill garnered the most votes districtwide, he lost by a wide margin in his home county of Williamsburg.
In that county, McKnight was the winner 4,632 to 2,990.
Late Wednesday, McKnight issued a statement responding to McGill’s comment.
“Black and white folks in Williamsburg County have been supporting Yancey McGill for 24 years. The results [Tuesday] had nothing to do with race and Senator McGill should apologize for playing the race card. People did not vote for Yancey because they do not like what he is doing,” McKnight wrote.
Read more in Friday’s Georgetown Times.