A runoff will be needed to elect a new state senator in Augusta.
Former state representative Hardie Davis and former state court solicitor Harold Jones will meet again in another special election on February 2, three weeks into this year's legislative session.
Neither Davis or Jones got the needed 50 percent for an outright victory. Davis drew about 48 percent of the vote on Tuesday, with Jones taking 40 percent.
The Libertarian candidate in the election, Taylor Bryant, drew 9 percent of the vote.