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Coastal SC House Race Goes To Runoff




|| By FITSNEWS || Remember Nelson Hardwick?  He’s the former state lawmaker from Horry County who resigned his seat in the S.C. House of Representatives earlier this year amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment.

Hardwick swears he didn’t do it … and even tried to rescind his resignation after the fact.  But it was too late, and lawmakers made clear they wouldn’t seat him in the event he tried to reclaim the House District 106 seat via a special election.

Anyway … that election was held this week (without Hardwick’s participation).

Four candidates did participate, though, and two of them – local attorney and GOP executive committeeman Russell Fry and Horry County councilman Tyler Servant – have advanced to the “Republican” runoff election, scheduled for August 11.

With no Democrat filing for the vacant seat, the winner of the runoff election will be a virtual lock to represent the district – which includes Surfside Beach and Garden City.

Fry took 45 percent of the votes to Servant’s 33 percent in this week’s primary.  Two other candidates combined to take 22 percent.

We’ve written previously on these two aspiring officeholders … in less-than-glowing terms.  Frankly, neither one of them strikes us as all that impressive.

Maybe they’ll debate at some point between now and August 11 and one of them will prove us wrong …

We were hoping local news columnist Mande Wilkes – who gave Hardwick a run for his money in 2010 – might seek the seat, but she opted against it.

That’s probably smart …

After watching the contentious, factually challenged debate over the Confederate flag earlier this summer, it takes a special kind of crazy to want to be elected to that chamber.