In a field of 13 Republicans vying for a seat in the U.S. Congress representing the Upstate, two came out on top: Lee Bright and William Timmons. Now, they will go head to head in a runoff election next Tuesday.
Spartanburg native Lee Bright served in the South Carolina Senate from 2008 to 2016.
“I fought against budgets…filibustered the gas tax, so after eight years in the Senate, I feel like we’ve got a good record to roll on,” Bright said.
He lost re-election after supporting several controversial measures, including legislation dictating bathroom use for those who identify as transgender and opposing the removal of the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds.
7 News asked him how he responds to critics.
“A lot of folks campaign that they’re going to be a certain way when they get to Columbia or Washington. There are very few that actually do what they say…that’s what I campaigned on,” Bright said.
Timmons, a Greenville native and attorney, has served in the South Carolina Senate for two years.
“We’re running out of time to fix the direction of our country,” he said.”If we can’t get healthcare, immigration, the debt, [and] corruption under control in the near future, we’re not going to be able to.”
Timmons said he would be a Congressman who would get things done.
“One of us is going to be very loud and say no, and the other one’s me,” he said. “And I’m going to work hard and try to fix these big problems, and I’ve got the background to do it…as a prosector and small business owner, I’m able to tackle hard issues and draw on a depth of knowledge and experience, but as a state Senator, I’ve proven I can be effective. I can build coalitions, to you know fix problems that we have. I’ve done it in Columbia, and I’ll do it in Washington.”
Registered voters can participate in either party’s runoff election. However, voters who participated in the primaries must vote with the same party in the runoff.