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Unofficial voting results are in for the Union County Commissioner race -- and there may be a runoff on the horizon.

According to the Board of Elections, a candidate must receive 40 percent of the votes to be elected. There are three open seats and only current commissioner Jerry Simpson reached that mark.

Simpson received 6,703 votes.

33,389 votes were cast. That number is divided by three (number of open seats) and then multiplied by 40 percent. To win, an individual must be higher than that number, which is 4,452.

Lance Simpson finished second with 4,431 votes -- just 21-votes shy of the number needed to secure a seat.

Stony Rushing finished third with 4,279 votes.

From here, Board of Elections say that if the fourth and fifth place finishers request a runoff, that can be granted, and would take place on June 15.

Those four candidates would be placed on a ballot together.

The commissioner race is unique in that there are only republicans running -- so this primary will, most likely, decide who fills the three open seats for the next term.

In 2012, two ran unopposed for county commissioner. This year, nine were listed on the ballot. Only once since 2000 have more ran for commissioner, when 10 ran in 2006.
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