U.S. Rep. Scott poised to retain seat in Congressional race

pdonohue@beaufortgazette.comNovember 6, 2012 

Candidates for Congressional District 1: Bobbie Rose, Tim Scott

U.S. Rep. Tim Scott appeared to be headed back to Washington for a second term Tuesday night, and this time, he'll be representing much of Beaufort County.

Scott, R-Charleston, had captured two of the five counties in the 1st Congressional District for an apparent victory over Democratic challenger Bobbie Rose across the newly redrawn district. In Beaufort County -- one of the two counties where Scott was well ahead of Rose -- he had 63 percent of the vote with ballots in 75 of 84 precincts counted, according to unofficial results.

Scott sought his second term representing a district that, in addition to part of Beaufort County, now also includes parts of Colleton, Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties. About 30 percent of the redrawn district's voters were in other congressional districts in 2010, according to state records.

Redistricting following the 2010 Census removed Beaufort County from the 2nd Congressional District, represented since 2001 by U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-Springdale, who faced no opposition in this year's election.

Most of that territory has been moved to the 1st Congressional District, whose voters elected Scott in 2010.

A small portion of Beaufort County has been moved into the 6th Congressional District, served by Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-Columbia, who won an 11th term Tuesday with no major-party opposition.

Clyburn has served 20 years in Congress and was the first black congressman to represent South Carolina in Washington since the days of Reconstruction.

Republican Horry County Council Chairman Tim Rice defeated Democrat Gloria Bromell Tinubu in the newly formed 7th Congressional District, becoming South Carolina's newest U.S. House member.

The district is predominantly Republican and was drawn after population growth reflected in the 2010 Census again gave the state a seventh House member. The new district reaches from the high-rise hotels of Myrtle Beach west to Florence and up to the North Carolina state line. South Carolina lost the seat after the 1930 Census.

All state House and Senate seats were up for election this year. But fewer than 20 of the 170 seats were considered competitive. Both the House and Senate will retain their Republican majorities.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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