SC Election Results 2022: Trump-backed William Timmons wins District 4 primary
Donald Trump-endorsed incumbent William Timmons won the 4th District Republican congressional primary race Tuesday, beating out Rev. Mark Burns, who also has ties to the former president.
Timmons, who has represented South Carolina's 4th District since 2019, would face Democrat Ken Hill and Constitution Party candidate Michael Chandler in the November general election.
Burns, who was called "Donald Trump's top pastor," by Time Magazine, was poised to finish second in the field of four and came close to a run-off. Timmons secured 52.69% of the vote by Wednesday morning, enough to top his three opponents that also included Republicans Mike LaPierre and George Abuzeid. Burns had 23.81% of votes.
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During the primary season, Timmons was accused by opponents of being an absentee representative. Timmons denied these claims, citing mandatory training for the South Carolina Air National Guard — where he is a captain and JAG officer — for any of his absences.
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Statewide Congressional Races
Across the state, there were six other congressional primaries today.
Mixed night for Trump-backed candidates elsewhere
In the 1st District Republican primary, incumbent Rep. Nancy Mace won against Trump-backed former State Rep. Katie Arrington.
Mace, who will face Democrat Annie Andrews in the general election, has been the subject of national media coverage during this election cycle for speaking out against former President Donald Trump after the Jan.6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol and voting to certify the results of the 2020 election.
Russell Fry, a Trump-endorsed candidate, beat Incumbent Republican Rep. Tom Rice in a crowded race to win the 7th District Republican primary.
Rice's campaign has been the subject of national media attention in recent weeks after condemning the former President and voting along with 10 other Republicans to impeach Trump in the wake of last year's attack on the Capitol.
Evangeline Hundley won the 5th District Democratic primary and will face incumbent Republican Rep. Ralph Norman in the general election.
Clyburn cruises in primary
Incumbent Rep. Jim Clyburn won his 6th District Democratic primary race against two challengers, propelling the Majority Whip to the general election race where he could be elected to a 16th term in the U.S House of Representatives.
Clyburn will face off against Duke Buckner, who won the 6th District Republican primary, in November.
Tim Carlin covers county government, growth and development for The Greenville News. Follow him on Twitter @timcarlin_, and get in touch with him at TCarlin@gannett.com. You can support his work by subscribing to The Greenville News at greenvillenews.com/subscribe.
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