South Carolina: Miller Seeks Rematch With Wilson in 2010

Posted May 13, 2009 at 5:56pm

Iraq War veteran Rob Miller came out of nowhere to come within 8 points of beating Rep. Joe Wilson (R) in 2008, and now he wants to try to finish the job.

Miller officially announced his 2010 candidacy on Wednesday.

“For too long, Congressman Wilson has been part of the problem in Washington,— Miller said in his announcement. “We need a Representative who will be part of the solution in Congress. I will put partisanship aside and work to bring good jobs to South Carolina and stand up for our veterans and military families.—

Wilson had never faced a serious challenge before Miller came along, but the Democrat won’t have the element of surprise this time. And, perhaps more importantly, Miller won’t have President Barack Obama on the ballot. His presence at the top of the ticket boosted Democratic turnout in the previous cycle, especially among black voters in the 2nd district, which has 26 percent African-American population.