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SC sending at least 3 new faces to Washington

Nov 2, 2010 5:11:00 PM - thestate.com
South Carolina voters were picking at least three new members of Congress on Tuesday in elections that had the state's longest-serving representative facing a tough challenge and the continued reverberations of one politician's shout at the president.

Three open seats will send the most new politicians from the state to Congress since 1974.

Meanwhile, the longest-serving U.S. House member, 68-year-old Democrat John Spratt, had a hard-fought campaign for a 15th term against Republican state Sen. Mick Mulvaney. Spratt's district has not elected a Republican since 1883, but a national conservative push was helping the 43-year-old Mulvaney in his bid to unseat the House budget chairman.

The most expensive congressional race in state history was wrapping up in the 2nd District, where Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson was in a rematch against Democrat Rob Miller, a former Marine.

Wilson, 63, won the 2008 election with 54 percent of the vote, but in 2009 made national headlines by shouting "You lie!" at President Barack Obama during a health care speech to a joint session of Congress.

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