4 SC Democratic incumbents vying for 2 House seats

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The once-a-decade redrawing of legislative district lines has forced four incumbent Democratic state House members to fight for two seats.

The Darlington race pits the House's longest-serving member, Rep. Denny Neilson, against Rep. Robert Williams. Neilson was first elected in 1984 and has served 22 years longer than Williams, a three-term incumbent. The other race in which one incumbent is guaranteed to lose features Rep. Bill Bowers of Hampton against Rep. Curtis Brantley of Ridgeland.

Their districts were collapsed because of population changes recorded by the 2010 Census.

Four Republican-held districts with shrinking populations also were collapsed into two, but some of those incumbents aren't seeking re-election.

Neilson's district was collapsed to add a representative in coastal Horry County.

Bowers' district was moved to coastal Beaufort County.

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