Republicans Headed to Runoff in South Carolina's 7th District
Both party primaries in South Carolina's new 7th Congressional District will go to runoffs. The Associated Press called both races at 9:40 p.m. with 98 percent of precincts reporting.
On the Democratic side, former Georgia state Rep. Gloria Tinubu finished first with 49 percent of the vote, ahead of attorney Preston Brittain, who won 36 percent. Brittain had become a favorite of the local Democratic establishment when state Rep. Ted Vick dropped out of the race after a DUI arrest several weeks ago.
On the Republican side, ex-Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer led Horry County Council Chairman Tom Rice, 32 percent to 27 percent. The eventual Republican nominee will enter the general election contest as a favorite; the district gave Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., over 54 percent of its presidential vote in 2008, and Vick was widely seen as Democrats' best possible nominee before his run-in with the law.
The candidates have only a short time to prepare for the runoff, which will take place two weeks from today, on June 26.
UPDATE, 11:27 p.m.: With all precincts reporting, former Georgia state Rep. Gloria Tinubu has inched ahead of the 50 percent threshold and appears to have won the Democratic primary outright. The Associated Press has rescinded its call of a runoff between Tinubu and attorney Preston Brittain, and it has instead called the race for Tinubu, who has 52 percent of the fully counted vote.
Votes cast for Vick were included in the initial tally, but they were invalidated because he dropped out of the race. With those votes taken out of the total, Tinubu's share went from just under a majority to just over it.