Voters in SC capital city to pick mayor in runoff

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Voters in South Carolina's capital city go back to the polls to pick a new mayor for the first time in 20 years.

Lawyer and lobbyist Steve Benjamin led a seven-candidate field in the initial voting on April 6, getting 35 percent of the vote. He faces City Councilman Kirkman Finlay III on Tuesday. Finlay got 32 percent of the votes in the initial balloting.

Benjamin could become the city's first black mayor.

Finlay's father was mayor of Columbia from 1978 to 1986.

Columbia Mayor Bob Coble decided last year not to seek a sixth term as mayor.

There is also a run-off for one city council seat.

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