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Rice, Tinubu Advance in South Carolina's 7th District

June 26, 2012

Former Georgia state Rep. Gloria Bromell Tinubu easily dispatched attorney Preston Brittain in the Democratic primary runoff in South Carolina's 7th District, while Horry County Councilman Tom Rice dispatched ex-Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer by a narrower margin in the Republican runoff.

With 93 percent of precincts reporting, Tinubu led Brittain 73 percent to 27 percent. Rice led Bauer 56 percent to 44 percent.

A judge ordered the Democratic runoff only days ago after a bizarre series of events led to a disputed vote count in the first primary, which was held on June 12. Democratic state Rep. Ted Vick dropped out of the race after a DUI arrest at the end of May, but he remained on the ballot and earned over 2,000 votes. But state election officials removed those ballots from consideration, and without those votes in the total, Tinubu's primary margin climbed just above 50 percent, enough to avoid a runoff.

Supporters of Brittain filed a court case challenging the counting of the ballots, and a judge overruled the election authorities and set the runoff in motion on June 22, just four days before voting.

Rice will be a heavy general election favorite in the Republican-leaning district.

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