GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Voters in northern Greenville County have selected Mike Burns of Travelers Rest as the Republican candidate a vacant House seat.

Burns got nearly 55 percent of the vote against Chris Sullivan of Travelers Rest in Tuesday's voting.

There is no Democratic candidate. Greenville County voter registration and elections director Conway Belangia says Burns will be sworn into office unless someone announces a write-in campaign by Feb. 21.

The special election was necessary because state Rep. Tom Corbin won a Senate seat as well as re-election to the House District 17 seat in November.

Corbin entered the Senate race after Sen. Phillip Shoopman of Greer decided to withdraw after the filing period closed.

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