COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Incumbent Republican Mark Sanford has been easily nominated again in the 1st Congressional District, turning back a primary challenge from state Rep. Jenny Horne of Summerville.
With about 90 percent of the precincts reporting Tuesday, Sanford had more than 55 percent of the vote.
Sanford regained the seat in the district on the state’s south coast which he held in the 1990s in a special election three years ago.
Horne drew national attention a year ago when she gave an impassioned speech calling for the removal of the Confederate flag on the Statehouse grounds in Columbia.
Lawmakers lowered the flag after the slayings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Friday is the anniversary of the killings.
Sanford will be heavily favored in the strongly Republican district against a Democrat and two third-party candidates in November.