Republican Tom Rice will be South Carolina’s newest congressman.
Gloria Bromell-Tinubu, the Democrat running against Rice for South Carolina’s Seventh Congressional District seat, conceded around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. Rice had roughly 54 percent of the vote to Tinubu’s 46 percent. Rice is a tax attorney who is currently the Horry County Council Chairman. He defeated Tinubu, a former Georgia legislator and current Coastal Carolina University economist.Tinubu said that she will continue to work for the district and with Congressman Rice. “I encouraged him to be successful in his endeavours over these next two years,” Tinubu said after calling Rice, “He responded by saying that he hoped we would work together to bring positive results to this district.”
Rice could not be reached by phone Tuesday night.
South Carolina picked up a seventh seat in the U.S. House of Representatives due to the state’s population growth this past decade. The new district covers much of the Pee Dee and Grand Strand regions.
Meanwhile, all of South Carolina’s other congressmen won re-election. Most were by healthy margins. That means South Carolina now has eight Republicans and one Democrat representing the state in Washington.