The Latest: Brown, Turner in Democratic runoff in 4th

June 13, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on South Carolina’s primaries in congressional races (all times local):

12:35 a.m.

Businessman Brandon Brown and accountant Doris Lee Turner will meet in a runoff to determine the Democratic nominee for the 4th Congressional District in South Carolina.

The two beat three other challengers for their party’s nomination Tuesday for the seat left open by Trey Gowdy.

Their opponent is also undecided. Former state Sen. Lee Bright has made it to the Republican runoff, but second place was too close to call early Wednesday between State Sen. William Timmons and state Rep. Dan Hamilton.

The 4th District covers Greenville, Spartanburg and surrounding areas.

12:25 a.m.

Former state Sen. Lee Bright has made it to the Republican runoff for the open U.S. House seat in South Carolina.

Bright’s runoff opponent still wasn’t clear after Tuesday’s primary. State Sen. William Timmons and state Rep. Dan Hamilton were within 400 votes of each other for the second spot in the June 26 primary in unofficial results.

Bright is a social conservative known for controversial stances, like requiring people to use the bathrooms of the gender of their birth..

For the Democrats, Greenville businessman Brandon Brown and Greenville accountant Doris Lee Turner will have their own runoff to determine their party’s nominee.

The seat in the 4th District anchored by Greenville and Spartanburg is open after Trey Gowdy decided not to run for re-election.


U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford has lost his first race in South Carolina.

Sanford was defeated by state Rep. Katie Arrington in Tuesday’s primary. Arrington was supported in a last-minute tweet by President Donald Trump after spending most of her campaign saying Sanford was too critical of the president.

Both Trump’s tweet and one of Arrington’s ads referred to Sanford’s 2009 affair where he flew to Argentina to see his lover while his staff unknowingly told reporters he was hiking on the Appalachian trial.

Still, South Carolina voters kept electing Sanford despite the lies and the infidelity. He had never lost a race going back to 1994 before Tuesday.

Arrington works for a defense contractor and will face Democrat Joe Cunningham in the fall.


10:50 p.m.

State Rep. Robert Williams and Mal Hyman have advanced to a runoff for the Democratic nomination for the 7th Congressional District in South Carolina.

Williams and Hyman easily beat opponents attorney Bill Hopkins of Pawleys Island and lawyer Bruce Fischer of Longs in unofficial results Tuesday.

Williams is also running to keep his seat at the Statehouse from the area around Darlington.

The winner of the runoff will face U.S. Rep. Tom Rice, who is seeking a fourth term and is the only representative the district has had since it was formed after the 2010 U.S. Census.

Libertarian Dick Withington is also on the November ballot.


10:05 p.m.

Sean Carrigan and Annabelle Robertson will face off in a runoff later this month for the Democratic nomination in South Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District.

Carrigan, an Army veteran from Chapin, and Robertson, a civil rights attorney from West Columbia, were within several hundred votes of each other in unofficial results of Tuesday’s primary.

Phil Black finished third. He is a stanch conservative who perennially runs in the Democratic primary, even winning the nomination in 2014.

The winner of the June 26 runoff will face U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, The Republican is seeking a ninth full term in the western South Carolina 2nd District, which includes Aiken, Barnwell and Lexington counties as well as parts of Orangeburg and Richland counties.

American candidate Sonny Narang of West Columbia will also be on November’s ballot.


9:40 p.m.

Archie Parnell has won the Democratic nomination in South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District despite revelations from a divorce filing last month he beat his wife more than 40 years ago.

Unofficial results Tuesday gave Parnell the nomination even after Democratic officials including the party’s chairman ask for him to leave the race.

Parnell’s divorce records say in 1973 he broke a glass door with a tire iron, then beat his wife. Parnell didn’t deny the allegations, but said he was a changed man.

Parnell defeated Mark Ali of Rock Hill, Sidney Moore of Rock Hill and professional clown Steven Lough of Camden.

Parnell’s win sets up a rematch with U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman. Parnell lost by just 3 percentage points in a special election last year.

The 5th District covers more than a dozen counties in the northern part of the state including the Charlotte, North Carolina, suburbs.


9:30 p.m.

Joe Cunningham has won the Democratic nomination in South Carolina’s coastal 1st Congressional District.

The construction lawyer and yoga studio owner defeated Toby Smith on Tuesday and will go on to face a Republican in November’s general election.

The district, which includes Charleston and the southern coast, has not elected a Democrat since 1978.


9:15 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Tom Rice has won the Republican nomination as he seeks a fourth term in South Carolina’s 7th Congressional District.

Rice easily defeated Larry Guy Hammond of Myrtle Beach in unofficial results of Tuesday’s primary.

Rice has been the only congressman in the 7th District since it was reestablished before the 2012 election because of South Carolina’s population gains.

Four Democrats are seeking their party’s nomination. Libertarian Dick Withington will also be on the ballot.

The 7th District stretches from Myrtle Beach to Florence in northeast South Carolina.


8:45 p.m.

Mary Geren has won the Democratic nomination in South Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District and will take on Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan in November.

Unofficial results Tuesday showed Geren defeated Hosea Cleveland of Seneca in the Democratic primary.

The college instructor from Anderson will try to prevent Duncan from winning a fifth term in the general election in the district which covers eleven South Carolina counties in the northwest part of the state.

American party candidate Dave Moore will also appear on the ballot.