Incumbent Rep. Tom Rice is one step closer to retaining his seat in Congress representing District 7. He defeated Larry Guy Hammond with 83.6 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s primary election.
The Democrats vying for Rice's seat will head to a runoff to decide who will face the incumbent in November. The runoff for the Democratic primary will be between state Rep. Robert Williams and Mal Hyman.
Hyman led Tuesday’s primary with 29.7 percent of the vote, and Williams got 41.33 percent.
Rice, former chair of the Horry County Council, is seeking a fourth term in Washington. He sits on the House Ways & Means Committee.
In a written statement, Rice said, "I am so honored and humbled to have secured the Republican nomination for South Carolina's Seventh Congressional District! Together, we will build on all that we have achieved to uplift our community. I am honored that you have put your trust in me to lead our district on the path to prosperity and I will continue fighting to grow our economy and create opportunities for generations to come. Thank you for your support, it is truly a privilege to represent you and your families in Congress!"
Correction: This story previously only mentioned Horry County's results. It's been updated to include the entire district's vote via SCVotes.org.