Bowers defeats fellow Dem Brantley, wins redrawn House seat

pdonohue@beaufortgazette.comJune 12, 2012 

Despite losing in two of his district's three counties, Rep. Bill Bowers, a Democrat, won Hampton County and his party's nomination for the newly redrawn state House District 122 seat Tuesday.

Bowers, a business professor at the University of South Carolina Beaufort, defeated fellow Democratic Rep. Curtis Brantley with 57 percent of the vote and earned a ninth term in office, according to unofficial results from the S.C. Election Commission.

Bowers faces no Republican opposition in November. Unless a write-in or independent candidate runs in the November general election, Bowers will win a two-year term.

Brantley, a retired superintendent for Jasper County schools, narrowly defeated Bowers in Jasper and Beaufort counties but lost in Hampton County by nearly 1,000 votes, according to unofficial results.

The loss denied Brantley a fourth term representing the district, which was redrawn as a result of population growth shown by the 2010 census, pitting the two Democratic incumbents against one another.

Bowers' district was eliminated so that a seat could be added in coastal Beaufort County.

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