- Associated Press - Saturday, June 18, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Arik Bjorn has been declared the winner of the Democratic primary in South Carolina’s 2nd Congressional race by 45 votes out of more than 19,000 cast.

The South Carolina Election Commission certified the results Saturday afternoon after a recount mandated by law.

Tuesday’s unofficial count had Bjorn bearing Phil Black by 49 votes. The margin of 0.3 percent over Phil Black was well within the 1 percent required for a recount.

Bjorn’s final margin is 0.2 percent. The Columbia librarian will face longtime incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson and a third-party candidate in November.

Black ran as a Republican four years ago and did not change his positions significantly for this year’s race. He has until Monday at noon to protest the race with the South Carolina Democratic Party.

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