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SC3 Runoff: MAGA Pastor Slammed As ‘Chihuahua’

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The MAGA pastor who received Donald Trump‘s endorsement in South Carolina’s bright red third congressional district is being slammed as a “fraud” by his rival ahead of next week’s GOP runoff election.

Mark Burns, 44, of Anderson, S.C. received 33.16 percent of the vote in last week’s Republican primary election for the third district – a seat which has been represented since 2011 by congressman Jeff Duncan. Finishing just behind him was S.C. Air National Guard (SCANG) lieutenant colonel/ nurse practitioner Sheri Biggs, who received 28.82 percent of the vote.

Because neither Burns nor Biggs won a majority of votes on the first ballot, they are going up against each other in a runoff election next Tuesday (June 25, 2024).

Biggs came out swinging this week after Burns received the endorsement of the third-place finisher in the race, state representative Stewart Jones.



“Mark Burns claimed to be a pitbull, when in reality he is a chihuahua – with a loud bark and no bite,” Biggs said in a statement. “He is a fraud. Mark Burns’ rhetoric doesn’t match reality, and the people of South Carolina’s third congressional district deserve to know the truth.”

Biggs blasted Burns for “his questionable campaign loan arrangement, his failure to file the required federal financial disclosure, his delinquent taxes, and his residency,” according to the release.

“If he is a true MAGA, America First patriot, does he not believe in election integrity?” Biggs asked. “Why did he file his voter registration at an address that isn’t his residence – a property zoned commercial that houses his businesses – not himself, with boarded up window and a handicapped parking sign out front?”



Biggs also accused Burns of financing his candidacy via an out-of-state loan.

“Was it that no South Carolina bank would loan him money because he was still in debt of more than $100,000 from his previous runs in the other district?” she noted in her release.

Burns previously campaigned for the neighboring fourth congressional district, finishing eighth in a 13-person field in 2018.

Burns has blasted Biggs over the money backing her candidacy, too – specifically support from a group called “Conservatives for American Excellence.” This pro-establishment entity opposed Trump in the 2024 presidential primary and is now opposing Trump-backed candidates in congressional races across the country. 

“Republican establishment megadonors are financing an effort to try to tear down black pastor Mark Burns,” conservative website Breitbart reported earlier this week.

The group – funded by several of former S.C. governor Nikki Haley‘s top donors – is running an advertisement which accused Burns of lying about his military record.

“Mark Burns lied about serving in the military and is now under fire for ‘stolen valor,’” the ad alleged.

Burns has rebuked that claim, pointing to honorable discharge paperwork he received from the S.C. National Guard (SCNG). According to Burns’ campaign, an old website inadvertently misstated that he served in the Army Reserves.



(Travis Bell Photography)

Will Folks is the founding editor of the news outlet you are currently reading. Prior to founding FITSNews, he served as press secretary to the governor of South Carolina and before that he was a bass guitarist and dive bar bouncer. He lives in the Midlands region of the state with his wife and eight children.



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jpetjr Top fan June 21, 2024 at 7:33 am

I have listened to and met both candidates in this race. Neither candidate has previously held office, so there is no voting record to examine. However, Mark Burns has been endorsed by 2 leaders with proven conservative records – Stewart Jones and President Donald Trump.
The Washington swamp establishment is working to defeat Mark Burns because they know he will fight for border security, a strong defense and a better economy for all.
Conservatives in the third district should vote for Pastor Mark Burns on Tuesday, June 25.

George Johnson Top fan June 21, 2024 at 8:04 am

Chihuahuas don’t deserve being compared to a shameless charlatan like “Pastor” Burns.

Republicans are so messed up June 21, 2024 at 5:51 pm

Or any batshit crazy Republican.

Especially, when bragging about murdering your dog is seen as a way to curry favor with the Convicted Felon in Chief of the Republican Party.

CongareeCatfish Top fan June 21, 2024 at 10:33 am

Normally little shenanigans like gaming the residency requirement with a second home or office would turn me off, but when the competing candidate doesn’t speak up about it until it suddenly matters in a runoff, I view them as disingenuous as well. But then again, I don’t have dog in this fight (que drum rim shot). I’ll be here all week- be sure to tip your waiter or waitress!

Dum Spiro Spero Top fan June 21, 2024 at 11:12 am

“Mark Burns rhetoric does not match reality… he does not believe in election integrity.” Interesting criticism from a lady, who, although she did not get his endorsement, still worships Donald Trump.

Republicans are so messed up June 21, 2024 at 5:53 pm

Wonder if she murdered any of her family’s pet in hopes of impressing Trump?

That is a thing Republican politicians do.

Party of crime June 21, 2024 at 12:32 pm

Love watching MAGA idiots destroy each other.

When you’re a party of criminals, like the GQP, who are led by a convicted felon, of course they are going to backstab and attack each other. Any mafia movie will show you that!


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