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New Map Clears South Carolina Legislature

The South Carolina Legislature passed a new Congressional map late Tuesday that adds a seventh Member to the Palmetto State’s House delegation, and a spokesman for Gov. Nikki Haley (R) told Roll Call that she will soon sign it into law.

The decennial process of reapportionment gave South Carolina an extra seat. The new district is situated in the northeastern part of the state and is anchored in Horry County, which contains the city of Myrtle Beach. Its placement will move the 1st district, represented by Rep. Tim Scott (R), south along the coast to Charleston and Beaufort counties in the southeastern part of the state.

The new district is likely to lean Republican. An estimated 56 percent of voters there would have voted for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the 2008 presidential election, according to research by a Republican source.

The map also strengthens the Republican tilt of the districts held by GOP Reps. Joe Wilson and Mick Mulvaney, according to that research. The majority-minority 6th district, represented by Assistant Minority Leader James Clyburn (D), becomes more Democratic.

An earlier iteration of the map had shifted the ratio of Spartanburg and Greenville counties in the 4th district, and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R), who represents the district, was unhappy with that development.

The final map resolved the distribution to Gowdy’s liking. “We applaud the General Assembly for passing a map that preserves the successful partnership between Greenville and Spartanburg, and appreciate their diligent work throughout the process,” Gowdy spokesman Robert Hughes told Roll Call in a statement.

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