- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Charleston businessman John Tecklenburg and state Rep. Leon Stavrinakis face off in a Nov. 17 runoff to see who succeeds Joe Riley as the city’s first new mayor in 40 years.

Unofficial results from Tuesday’s voting show Tecklenburg leading Stavrinakis by 37 to 36 percent with 94 of 96 precincts reporting.

Six candidates tried to replace Riley, who is retiring after 10 terms in office. Riley has served as mayor of the state’s second-largest city longer than anyone in Charleston’s 345-year history.

In North Charleston, Mayor Keith Summey easily returned to a sixth term. He got 62 percent of the vote in unofficial results, besting challenger John Singletary’s 32 percent.

Summey has been mayor of the state’s third largest city for 21 years.

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