COLUMBIA — Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Scott has easily won a second term representing South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District along the state’s coast.
Scott, the first black Republican South Carolinian to serve in the House since Reconstruction, swept past Democrat Bobbie Rose, who was making her first run for political office. With about 30 percent of the precincts reporting, Scott had about 65 percent of the vote. Libertarian Keith Blandford was well behind Rose.
Scott discounted accusations that he and other conservative Republicans were causing the congressional gridlock in Washington. During the next two years, he said, Congress needs to flatten the tax code and lower the corporate tax rate.
To the north, the winner of the new 7th Congressional District could be the only change to South Carolina’s U.S. House delegation.
Republican Horry County Council Chairman Tom Rice and Democratic Coastal Carolina University professor Gloria Bromell Tinubu were vying to represent the district that includes the Pee Dee region and northern coastline.
Results of the 7th District race were unavailable late Tuesday.
Duncan wins another term in 3rd District
Freshman South Carolina congressman Jeff Duncan has won a second term in the 3rd District in the northwestern corner of the state.
With about half of the district’s precincts reporting, Duncan has rolled up about 69 percent of the vote in his contest against Democrat Brian “Ryan B” Doyle, a radio talk show host.
Duncan has said he’s been proud to be among House freshmen who helped the nation move back toward more conservative policies. Duncan says he wants to continue to push against deficit spending.
Gowdy wins a second term in 4th District
The GOP’s Trey Gowdy has easily won a second term in South Carolina’s strongly Republican 4th District in Greenville and Spartanburg counties.
With about a third of precincts reporting, Gowdy had about 65 percent of votes cast in the three-way contest that included Democrat Deb Marrow and Green Party candidate Jeff Sumerel.
Gowdy says he wants to continue working to get the nation’s economic house in order. He says the nation isn’t going to succeed fiscally without real conversations in Congress about spending priorities and entitlement reform.
Morrow was making her first bid for political office.
Incumbent Democrat Clyburn wins 6th District
Incumbent Democrat Jim Clyburn has easily won re-election to Congress in South Carolina’s black-majority 6th District.
Clyburn, who had no major party opposition, easily outdistanced Green Party candidate Nammu Muhammad. With about 16 percent of the precincts reporting, Clyburn had about 95 percent of the vote.
Clyburn has served 20 years in Congress and was the first black congressman to represent South Carolina since Reconstruction.