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Election 2012: Voters pick 7th District nominees

The polls will be open until 7 p.m. today for voters to select the nominees for the 7th Congressional District. On the ballot are André Bauer and Tom Rice for the Republicans and Preston Brittain and Gloria Bromell Tinubu for the Democrats.

Those who voted in the June 12 primary can only vote in the same party contest today. Those who didn’t vote at all two weeks ago can vote in the party primary of their choice today.

The GOP started out with a field of nine candidates. The race heated up after Bauer and Rice made the cut (neither with the required majority). Bauer has attacked Rice, the Horry County Council chairman, as a “moderate.” Rice has labeled Bauer, the former lieutenant governor, a “career politician.”

It took a Circuit Court judge to decide that the Democrats needed to hold a runoff. Tinubu was the top vote-getter on June 12, but she only had a majority if votes cast for Ted Vick were ignored. Vick dropped out of the race in May after his arrest on a drunken driving charge, but his name still appeared on the ballot.

Tinubu is a Georgetown County native who moved home from Atlanta and now teaches at Coastal Carolina University. Brittain is an attorney in Myrtle Beach.

Voters can find their correct polling place at the state Election Commission website.

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