Jim Rex is officially the state superintendent of education. For now.
The state Election Commission on Wednesday certified his 564-vote victory over Karen Floyd and immediately ordered a mandatory recount to be held today.The races finished within the 1 percent margin of victory that requires a recount under state law. State officials previously told county election boards to prepare to count the ballots again Thursday.
“This remains an exceedingly close vote count, perhaps the closest in a statewide race in South Carolina history,” Floyd’s spokesman Hogan Gidley said. “We will await the outcome of the mandatory recount before commenting.”
Of course, he's the official winner before the recount, meaning that it ain't over yet. But again, I'll say that things look very good for Rex and it's highly unlikely that the result will change. We'll know by Friday for sure.