Gloria Bromell-Tinubu won the Democratic Party nomination for the new 7th Congressional District seat Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Republican candidates will head to a runoff.
The issue was more than 2,300 votes cast for Ted Vick, who had dropped out of the race last month after a DUI arrest. The Election Commission ruled that Vick was no longer a candidate and disqualified any votes for him. Had those votes stood, Tinubu would not have had enough to reach the 50 percent required to avoid a runoff. SC Democratic Party chairman Dick Harpootlian indicated Wednesday that the party might sue the Election Commission.
The Republican side was much less contentious. Former Lt. Governor Andre Bauer received 32 percent of the vote and Horry County Council Chairman Tom Rice picked up 27 percent out of 37,421 vote cast.
Florence attorney Jay Jordan finished strong, but fell about 2,100 votes behind Rice and will not make the runoff. Former state Department of Parks and Recreation director Chad Prosser received 10 percent and was the only other candidate to reach double digits.
Tinubu is an economist at Coastal Carolina University who previously served as an Atlanta legislator in the Georgia House of Representatives. She was born in the Plantersville area of Georgetown County.
Brittain is an attorney from Horry County. This was his first run for public office, but most of the state’s top Democratic leaders coalesced around his campaign.