3 Republicans, 1 Democrat seek South Carolina Senate seat
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Three Republicans and one Democrat have filed for an open South Carolina Senate seat after the election of Greenville Sen. William Timmons to Congress.
The Republican Timmons resigned his Senate seat after he was elected last month to replace retiring 4th District Congressman Trey Gowdy.
The Republicans include Greenville Rep. Dwight Loftis, Greenville City Councilwoman Amy Ryberg Doyle and Greenville businessman Jeffrey Stringer.
Loftis has been in the House since 1996. Doyle has been on city council since 2007. Stringer is the nephew of Greenville Rep. Tommy Stringer.
If there is no winner in the Jan. 22 primary, a runoff will be held Feb. 5. The winner will then face Democrat Tina Belge in a March 26 special election.