Capitol Hill Bureau Chief
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.