6 seeking Tim Scott’s seat; 2 SC congressmen face primaries

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – Election filing in South Carolina has closed and five candidates have filed to run against U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, who’s seeking his first full term in Washington.

Two South Carolina congressmen have primary challengers.

Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford faces state Rep. Jenny Horne of Summerville in the 1st Congressional District in the June primary. In the 5th District, incumbent Republican Mick Mulvaney faces Ray Craig of Lake Wylie.

The other five incumbent U.S. House members will have major party opponents in November.

Democrat Thomas Dixon and four third-party candidates are challenging Scott.

Scott was appointed by Gov. Nikki Haley when Jim DeMint resigned in 2013. Scott was elected to the remaining two years of DeMint’s term in 2014 and is seeking his first full term.

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