Preston Brittain

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Preston Brittain
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Candidate for
U.S. House, South Carolina, District 7
Bachelor'sWofford College
J.D.University of South Carolina
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Preston Brittain was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 7th Congressional District of South Carolina.[1]

On June 22, 2012 a Horry County judge decided that there would be a runoff election to decide the winner of the Democratic primary, overriding an initial report of Gloria Bromell Tinubu winning the primary. Tinubu will run against Brittain, the other top vote getter from the June 12 primary.[2]

Brittain was thrust into frontrunner status after rival Ted Vick dropped his bid on May 26 after being arrested for DUI and unlawful weapon charges.[3]

Brittain was the only Democrat in the race to oppose same-sex marriage.[4]



See also: South Carolina's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

Brittain ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent South Carolina's 7th District. Reports initially said that Brittain lost to Gloria Bromell Tinubu in the June 12, 2012 Democratic primary.[5][6] However, on June 22, 2012 a Horry County judge decided that there would be a runoff election to decide the winner of the Democratic primary. Gloria Bromell Tinubu defeated Brittain in the primary runoff election.[2]

U.S. House, South Carolina's 7th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGloria Bromell Tinubu Incumbent 72.7% 17,930
Preston Brittain 27.3% 6,733
Total Votes 24,663

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.[7]


On May 23, 2012, Brittain released his first TV ad, titled "Can."


"Carolina This Week"


  • Rep. James E. Clyburn
  • Former Rep. John Spratt
  • Former S.C. Governor Jim Hodges
  • 2010 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Vincent Sheheen[8]


Brittain has been attacked by his fellow Democratic candidates for being too Republican. Gloria Bromell Tinubu, for example, issued a press release just hours before the Democratic debate calling on Brittain to "explain to South Carolina his long history of Republican ties." Tinubu accused Brittain of voting in the 2000 Republican presidential primary, and said his family has supported Republican candidates as recently as 2004.[9]


2012 election

A Francis Marion University/ poll, conducted May 14-15, 2012, showed Ted Vick leading the rest of the Democratic field. Sixty-five percent of those polled, however, said they were still undecided.[10]

South Carolina's Congressional District 7, 2012
Poll Ted Vick (D) Gloria Tinubu (D)Preston Brittain (D)Harry Pavilack (D)Parnell Diggs (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
(May 14-15, 2012)
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Campaign donors

As of March 31, 2012, Brittain raised $339,067 during the 2012 election cycle and spent $89,689, leaving him with $249,377 cash on hand. Of that, 98 percent came from individual contributions, while just one percent was from candidate self-financing.[11]

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