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Barwick wins District 35 Republican runoff

Posted: June 28, 2012 4:46 p.m.
Updated: June 29, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Republican Tony Barwick has been chosen by voters to face Democrat Thomas McElveen in the general election for S.C. Senate District 35.

Barwick topped fellow Republican Wade Kolb in a primary runoff election held Tuesday to win the district, which is anchored in Sumter County, but also includes parts of Lee, Kershaw and Richland Counties. The Sumter businessman captured 57 percent of the vote, compared to Kolb’s 43 percent. In Kershaw County, Barwick picked up 295 votes, besting Kolb’s total of 156. During the Republican Party primary held June 12, he also received more votes than Kolb, but did not meet the 50.1 percent threshold needed to secure an outright victory.

Barwick attributed his success in Tuesday’s runoff election to the all the time and effort put into the campaign.

He said his strategy was to meet as many people as possible, including the voters in Elgin and Lugoff that live within the district. 

McElveen said he wasn’t too worried about the results from Tuesday’s runoff, noting it wouldn’t change how he planned to campaign.

He said he’s glad voters have been receptive to his campaign so far, but understands there’s still more work to be done. 

McElveen won all four of the counties that comprise the district during the June 12 Democratic primary.

The general election is set to be held November 6.

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