Hyman moves beyond runoff to planned Statehouse prayer

June 30, 2018 GMT

FLORENCE, S.C. – Mal Hyman is moving on from the Congressional District 7 Democratic nomination election.

In a statement to the media Friday afternoon, Hyman said, “My campaign has reviewed a number of election irregularities and has reported them to county election officials. For me, the primary election is now over, and I will devote myself to organizing an interfaith day of prayer and fasting for children’s rights at the steps of the statehouse, in April 2019.”

Hyman previously said his campaign was investigating “irregularities” involving voting machines in Darlington and Horry Counties after the June 26 runoff election between South Carolina House District 62 Rep. Robert Williams and him.

Williams defeated Hyman in the election with 51.4 percent compared to Hyman’s 48.6 percent. He will now advance to the general election where he will face Republican Tom Rice who has held the seat since it was established following the 2010 census.

Williams and Hyman advanced to the runoff over Bill Hopkins and Dr. Bruce Fischer.

Hyman is a Coker College professor who ran against Rice in 2016.

Williams is also running to keep his House District 62 seat. He has already secured the Democratic nomination in that race and will face Republican Billy Baldwin to keep his seat. If elected to both seats, Williams would be forced, by state law, to select one. He has previously indicated he would give up the House District 62 seat which would be filled by a special election.

Congressional District 7 consists of Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Georgetown, Horry, Marlboro and Marion counties and all of Florence County except for the precincts of High Hill, Lake City 1, 2, 3 and 4, Leo, McCallister Mill and Olanta, plus parts of the Hannah and Prospect precincts.