SC election board denies Atlantic Beach protests

ATLANTIC BEACH, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina town's special election is being upheld after county election officials denied protests from two losing candidates for mayor.

The Horry County Election Commission unanimously denied protests of the election results by incumbent Atlantic Beach mayor Retha Pierce and a second candidate, Windy Price. The decision upholds the victory of mayor-elect Jake Evans.

Evans won 84 votes in Tuesday's election, while Pierce got five votes and Price one.

Pierce and Price alleged voter intimidation, fraud, violation of state law and improper notification of Friday's hearing.

Tuesday's voting came after the results of the Nov. 1 election were challenged and declared invalid by the town's election commission. Gov. Nikki Haley set the new election date after the town election commission was unable to decide.

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