Former state Rep. Scott Talley has been endorsed by the S.C. Good Government Committee, a political action committee aligned with the S.C. Chamber of Commerce, in the coming runoff election for the Senate District 12 Republican nomination.
Talley faces incumbent Sen. Lee Bright in that race, which will likely determine who represents that seat in the senate, as no other candidates are filed to run in the general election.
Bright got the most votes of any single candidate in Tuesday's primary, with 3,681, or 37.69 percent of the vote. Talley came in second place, with 2,594, 26.56 percent of the vote. Greer businessman David McCraw got 2,241 votes (22.95 percent) and Duncan Mayor Lisa Scott received 1,250 votes (12.8 percent).
"Last night, we saw a vast majority of incumbent Lee Bright's district reject the direction that he is taking the district and our state," the S.C. Good Government Committee said in a statement. Of the 9766 votes cast for Senate District 12 Tuesday, 6085 were for a candidate other than Bright. "We firmly believe that it is time for a new direction in SD12 and Scott Talley is the candidate who will represent Greenville's and Spartanburg's best interests and make our state proud."
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Bright and the S.C. Chamber have been at odds for months. The S.C. Good Government Committee targeted the incumbent senator with negative radio ads before the primary election and the chamber's President and CEO Ted Pitts has called him a "do-nothing senator." Bright has dismissed the criticisms of the chamber and its PAC, calling the chamber and its leadership "crony capitalists" and casting himself as a protector of small businesses and families.