Race for Charleston mayor heading for runoff after Tuesday's election

VIDEO: Tecklenburg's team ready for runoff for mayor against Stavrinakis

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The race for Charleston mayor is heading for a runoff.

Leon Stavrinakis and John Tecklenburg came out on top following Tuesday's election.

Stavrinakis received 8,619 votes, while Tecklenburg got 8,899 votes. Ginny Deerin came in third with 4,358 votes.

"We cannot turn Charleston over to a mayor who is a developer," Stavrinakis told his supporters after the news came down of a runoff between him and Tecklenburg.

"My glass isn't half full, it's overflowing," Tecklenburg said Tuesday night stating that he was in the lead following Tuesday night's election.

The runoff will be on Nov. 17.

You can find the Charleston mayoral election results below.

93 of 96 Precincts reporting VOTESPERCENTAGE
Ginny Deerin4,35817.45%
William Dudley Gregorie1,4135.66%
Toby Smith2641.06%
Leon Stavrinakis8,61934.51%
John Tecklenburg8,89935.64%
Maurice Washington1,3775.51%

Stavrinakis says experience is what will make him Charleston's next mayor. The former Charleston County Council chairman, state Representative and attorney says if elected he plans to tackle a problem everyone faces day in and day out – traffic.

Tecklenburg has never run for political office, but says his business background qualifies him to lead the city for the next four years. He lives West of the Ashley and wants to revitalize that part of the city.

You can find results for all Charleston County races here. 

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