In South Carolina’s 4th Congressional District, Rep. Trey Gowdy’s retirement has invited a large field of Republicans to throw their hats into the race and battle for his seat. There are thirteen GOP candidates, each trying to qualify for the runoff election.
The standout candidates are former state Sen. Lee Bright, State Sen. William Timmons, radio host Josh Kimbrell, and State Rep. Dan Hamilton.
Bright has been endorsed by Reps. Steve King, R-Iowa and Thomas Massie, R-Ky. Timmons has been endorsed by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and once noted his admiration for Speaker Paul Ryan during a candidate forum in Greenville. Kimbrell has been endorsed by the Club for Growth and is a former Fox News contributor. The National Association of Realtors has spent nearly $400,000 supporting Hamilton.
South Carolina is an open primary state, meaning voters do not need to register with a political party to vote in that party’s primary. The polls close at 7:00 p.m. ET.