State Senate Six Election Result

Dwight Loftis unofficially won

Patrick Gentry
March 27, 2019 - 10:34 am

Yesterday's special election in Greenville County's District 6 State Senate seat drew a lot of attention from several Democrats seeking their party's presidential nomination. 

All that attention is due to the early primary voting status of South Carolina. Democrat Tina Belge faced Republican state Rep. Dwight Loftis in that special election following William Timmons vacating the seat and being elected to the US Congress for the 4th Congressional District. 

Piggybacking off local elections is a way for presidential hopefuls to maintain visibility and hopefully boost candidates as well. Over the weekend, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg canvassed with Belge, and California Sen. Kamala Harris rallied her area supporters to do the same.  Politico reported New Jersey Democrat Cory Booker contributed $1,000 to Belge's campaign, and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar supported her at a Democratic breakfast.  However all that political firepower apparently had little effect as Loftis cruised to an 11 percentage point victory over Belge in the unofficial results from last night.  Voter turnout was just over 12 percent.

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