Loftis wins special election for SC Senate District 6

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GREENVILLE CO., SC (WSPA) – Republican State Representative Dwight Loftis has won the special election for the State Senate seat vacated by US Representative William Timmons.

Loftis won the District 6 seat over Democrat Tina Belge. 

District 6 covers portions of northern Greenville County including Wade Hampton, Berea, and Travelers Rest.

Full results:

Dwight Loftis – 4,439 (55.63%)

Tina Belge – 3,537 (44.33%)
 
“We’ve had a good turnout tonight…and I can’t be more excited,” Loftis said.
 
Loftis has served on the Greenville County School Board and worked in the insurance industy. He has served in the S.C. House of Representatives since 1996, and said he looks forward to continuing his work in the S.C. Senate. 
 
“I’ve covered a number of issues, but most of my issues have been connected to education and economic devleopment,” he said. That is the bread and butter of working families.”
 
A little fewer than 8,000 people voted in the special election for a voter turnout of about 11 percent.
 
Loftis said he is especially interested in preparing members of South Carolina’s workforce to fill the jobs of the future. 
 
He said he will resign from his House seat in District 19 upon joining the state Senate. He said another special election will be held to fill his vacated House seat. 

GREENVILLE Co., – Voters headed out to more than a dozen precincts Tuesday to cast their ballot in the South Carolina Senate District 6 Special Election.

Republican State Representative Dwight Loftis and Democrat Tina Belge are vying for William Timmons’ seat, who stepped down last year. 

The election comes after both candidates won their respective Primaries in January.

“This is not about party, this is about who is going to do the best job in Columbia,” Belge told 7 News Tuesday morning at one of the polling places.

Belge, who has boasted her high energy and passion, said she’s been in public service since she was 21 years old. 

The Democrat has made a point to push for education reform, improved roads and putting the environment first, noting her experience in local beautification projects.

“I’m a big proponent of the environment and protecting our natural resources, and I’d say that’s a top one. And litter, I’m also executive director of Keep Greenville County beautiful,” she said.

Loftis is a State Representative from District 19.

On Tuesday he reminded voters that he’s for the family, for constitutional values, and for economic development.

“We’ve constantly worked on economic development and that is tied to education, so that our youngsters will have good paying jobs and will be trained with the skills for those jobs when they get out,” Loftis explained Tuesday.

While Special Elections are not known for drawing the biggest turnout, voters did hit the polls throughout the day.

“I’d just like to see a change,” said Greenville County voter Sharon Addis.

While some voiced concern over climate change, others said they were driven by the current political climate in U.S. government.

“Certainly the polarity that’s occurred in our government at every level has caused me concern,” said Wade Worthen, another Greenville County voter.

Some precincts have changed for this special election.

For information about where to find your polling precinct, click here

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