COLUMBIA — Arik Bjorn has been declared the winner of the Democratic primary in South Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District 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. The district includes parts of Aiken, Barnwell, Lexington, Orangeburg and Richland counties.
Tuesday’s unofficial count had Bjorn beating Phil Black by 49 votes. The margin of 0.3 percent was well within the 1 percent required for a recount. Bjorn’s final margin is 0.2 percent.
The Columbia librarian will face longtime 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 noon Monday to protest the race with the state Democratic Party.