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.
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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.