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Rep. Bob Inglis Trounced in South Carolina; Incumbent Curse Continues

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Rep. Bob Inglis, the six-term incumbent Republican congressman in South Carolina's 4th Congressional District, suffered a massive defeat in his bid for re-election Tuesday, winning just 27 percent of the vote in the state's GOP runoff to challenger Trey Gowdy's 73 percent.

Inglis' defeat makes him the fifth sitting member of Congress to lose his seat in a 2010 primary. Earlier this year, Sen. Bob Bennett lost his seat at the Utah Republican convention, Rep. Alan Mollohan lost re-election in the West Virginia Democratic primary, and party switchers Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Penn.) and Rep. Parker Griffith (R-Ala.) lost their first races in their new parties' primaries.

Gowdy is a former prosecutor and the current solicitor of Spartanburg County. He capitalized on the anti-incumbent mood and hammered Inglis for his votes for the 2008 bank bailout and his opposition to offshore drilling and the troop surge in Iraq. The moderate Inglis also stunned conservatives recently when he called for a boycott of Fox News' Glenn Beck.

Gowdy will face Democrat Paul Corden in November.

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charleskre

It only goes to show...
No one is untouchable.
Out with the old business as usual, in with some new common sense!!! LOL

June 22 2010 at 10:13 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
charleskre

Good... :0)
Another Congressional crony bites the dust.
Happier days are on the way.
That's a "change" we can all count on.

June 22 2010 at 10:06 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
bbbsquared

So much fun watching the GOP continue to fall apart and the GOBP take it over.

June 22 2010 at 9:45 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply

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