House District 104 incumbent Tracy Edge appears to have remained just that and won the Republican primary, according to unofficial results from Horry County.
With all 125 Horry County precincts reporting, Edge tallied 2,018 votes while challengers Greg Duckworth came in with 1,531 and Gary Stephens 144.
Of Horry County’s 125 precincts, around 19 precincts are in House District 104, which includes North Myrtle Beach, Atlantic Beach and Little River.
“It was an interesting race,” Edge said Tuesday night. “It certainly was tough campaigning this time of year, and capturing people’s attention.”
The incumbent’s attention will now turn toward November’s general election, where he’ll face Democratic challenger Charles Randall.
Edge, who’s served in the House District 104 seat since 1996, said it was difficult to get people to focus on the primary initially because of distractions from the May bike rallies. The last two weeks, however, have been easier because more voters became aware the primary was coming up.
In his campaign, Edge championed his experience and subcommittee chairmanships with helping to obtain the $105 million in funding to build the Robert Edge Parkway.
There was some talk that Duckworth would overtake the incumbent and bring a fresh face to the state House seat.
In speaking with voters during his campaign, the message Duckworth said he heard a lot was people were ready for new blood in the state House.
“That’s the message I’m getting,” he said.
Duckworth, a member of the North Myrtle Beach City Council since 2001, said during the campaign he would work to provide a fresh perspective for House District 104, and work on a comprehensive economic plan for bring more higher paying jobs to the Grand Strand’s tourism-based economy.
Stephens declined to speak to The Sun News ahead of the primary.
Contact BRAD DICKERSON at 626-0301.