GOP's Rice wins in SC's new 7th District

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) -- Republican Tom Rice is South Carolina's newest congressman.

Rice, the chairman of Horry County Council, defeated Democrat Gloria Bromell Tinubu Tuesday in the state's new 7th District, carved out of the northeastern corner of the state.

Bromell Tinubu was trying to become the first black woman elected to Congress from South Carolina. The former Atlanta city councilwoman also served in the Georgia Legislature before moving back to her native South Carolina last year.

With about 78 percent of precincts reporting, Rice had about 55 percent of the vote and was leading by about 18,000 votes.

The district running from the shore on the Grand Strand west to Florence County, then north to the North Carolina state line trends strongly Republican.