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|U.S. House, South Carolina, District 7|
|Master's||Georgia State University|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1965 - 1973|
|Place of birth||Myrtle Beach, SC|
During his career in the U.S. Navy, Withington lived in the Philippines for 18 months. A long-time political activist in Georgia and South Carolina, Withington is now a retired businessman. In 2012, he ran for the 1st congressional district as a Democrat. He has also run as a Republican in the 5th district of Horry County.
In an unorthodox move, Withington filed to run for three separate offices in 2012. He ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing South Carolina's 7th District. Withington ran against Randal Wallace, James Mader, Chad Prosser, Katherine Jenerette, and Renee Culler in the Republican primary on June 12. He was defeated by Tom Rice (SC) and Andre Bauer.
Effect of redistricting
- See also: Redistricting in South Carolina
The 7th district was added following the results of the 2010 census. According to the Washington Post, despite Republican-controlled redistricting decisions, this district is a battleground for Democrats and Republicans seeking control of the U.S. House. With Republican front-runner Thad Viers deciding not to run and Democrat Ted Vick showing some appeal to conservatives, South Carolina's 7th is a swing district this year.
In November 2011, Withington appeared on Carolina This Week.
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- ↑ SCnow.com Dick Withington announces candidacy for 7th congressional district January 6, 2012
- ↑ Campaign website Personal info January 6, 2012
- ↑ scnow.com "Three Times a Charm?," Accessed April 26, 2012
- ↑ WYFF News-2012 Primary Results
- ↑ Washington Post blog "The 10 House districts that might surprise you," May 11, 2012