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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

In another South Carolina runoff Tuesday, Republican voters ousted six-term Rep. Bob Inglis. Prosecutor Trey Gowdy rolled to an easy victory in their 4th Congressional District race. Gowdy will face Democrat Paul Corden in November's general election.

Inglis was serving his second stint in the House. He was first elected to Washington in 1992 and served three terms before leaving to honor his term-limits pledge. He returned to the House in 2004, and he twice won reelection.

Four other states also held elections Tuesday, including North Carolina, where Democrats selected Secretary of State Elaine Marshall as their candidate for the Senate.

Marshall easily defeated former Army prosecutor Cal Cunningham in a runoff election, and she will face Sen. Richard Burr (R) in November. Cunningham was recruited into the Democratic primary by national party leaders, who spent more than $100,000 to boost his campaign.

Marshall used that to portray herself as an outsider in the race despite holding statewide office for more than a decade.

A closely watched GOP Senate primary in Utah pitted businessman Tim Bridgewater against lawyer Mike Lee. They defeated Sen. Robert F. Bennett in May at the GOP state convention. The race was too close to call late Tuesday, with about a third of precincts reporting.

Voters also went to the polls in California and Mississippi.

-- Associated Press


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