| Credit: Sam Spence file photo

Some voters downtown and in the Daniel Island area will head back to the polls in two weeks to select their new member of city council. A five-way special election to fill the empty seat went to a runoff Tuesday. Boyd Gregg had a large lead as of 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, with Shawn Pinkston and Jen Gibson deadlocked for the second spot in the runoff.

Without any candidate earning 50% of the total votes, the top two candidates from Tuesday’s contest will head to a runoff on Jan. 25.

Gregg earned 650 votes, about 35.5% of ballots cast as of 10:30 p.m., according to unofficial results published by Charleston and Berkeley counties. Pinkston held a narrow second-place lead with 420 votes (22.94%), while Gibson came close behind with 417 total votes (22.77%).

Results from one Charleston County precinct and two Berkeley precincts were not included in the initial online tallies.

Among the two other candidates, David Winkler earned 263 votes (14.36%) and Tony Fogle earned 81 (4.42%).

District 1 includes the Ansonborough neighborhood downtown as well as parts of Daniel Island and the Cainhoy peninsula in Berkeley County. The seat opened in October 2020 when former Councilwoman Marie Delcioppo resigned, citing health reasons.

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