Snakebitten lawmaker starts re-election bid with long run

September 26, 2019 - 6:11 pm

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina lawmaker who was bitten by a poisonous snake earlier this month plans to run from his district to the Statehouse to kick off his re-election campaign.

Republican Rep. Chris Wooten plans to start his 11-mile (18-kilometer) run at 4:15 a.m. Friday from Lexington and arrive in downtown Columbia by about 6 a.m.

The State newspaper reports the U.S. Marine veteran and former state trooper made the same run down U.S. Highway 378 when he first ran in 2017.

Wooten spent a few days in intensive care after being bitten by a copperhead in his Lexington front yard earlier this month as he let his dog out.

Wooten posted pictures of his swollen foot on Facebook and said he killed the snake by bashing it with a brick.

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Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com

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