Southard wins special election
Columbia, South Carolina: On Tuesday, South Carolina held a special election for House District 100. The special election was called to the fill the seat of the late C. David Umphlett, Jr. (R). Umphlett passed away on May 29, 2011 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Ultimately, Republican candidate Edward Southard defeated Democratic candidate Tonia Aiken-Taylor by a 2,157 - 1,450 margin. Southard is the Berkeley County Planning Commission Chairman and owner of Cooper River Construction. Aiken-Taylor is a pastor and a Moncks Corner council member.
- Live 5 News, "Moncks Corner Rep. Umphlett passes away," May 29, 2011
- The Berkeley Independent, "Southard, Aiken-Taylor to square off for House," July 5, 2011
- South Carolina State Election Commission, "State House District 100 Special Election (Berkeley County)," July 29, 2011
- Houston Chronicle, "Republican Southard wins special SC House election," September 29, 2011