State Rep. Jeff Duncan of Laurens defeated businessman Richard Cash of Powdersville for a chance at the seat left open by Barrett's run for governor. Duncan will face FedEx pilot and former Air Force Capt. Jane Dyer of Easley in November.
In the state's majority black 6th District, two Republicans vying for the chance to challenge powerful U.S. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn are headed to an automatic recount. Only a handful of votes were separating Nancy Harrelson, who was trounced by Clyburn in 2008, and political newcomer James Pratt.