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Panel approves redrawn election district lines

Jun 6, 2011 11:57:00 PM - thestate.com
A panel of S.C. legislators has approved final plans for state House and U.S. House district lines. The House Judiciary Committee approved the plans Monday with a voice vote and sent them to the House for debate.

The U.S. House plan creates a new seventh congressional district out of coastal counties and along the state’s eastern border with North Carolina. It also puts more of Spartanburg County into the fifth district now held by freshman U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C.

Other plans would pit up to eight incumbent representatives against each other in primaries next year by drawing them into four districts.

• Democratic Reps. Denny Neilson and Robert Williams, both of Darlington, are drawn into a district centered around Darlington County. Neilson is one of the House’s longest-serving members, holding the seat since 1984. Williams won his seat in 2007.

• Democratic Reps. Curtis Brantley of Ridgeland and Bill Bowers of Hampton were drawn into the same district representing Hampton and Jasper counties. Both are veteran legislators.

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