Dick Withington

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Dick Withington
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Candidate for
U.S. House, South Carolina, District 7
Bachelor'sMiami University
Master'sGeorgia State University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1965 - 1973
Place of birthMyrtle Beach, SC
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Dick Withington was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 7th Congressional District of South Carolina.[1]


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.[2]



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

In an unorthodox move, Withington filed to run for three separate offices in 2012.[3] He ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent 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.[4]

Additionally, he ran for the South Carolina State Senate in District 34 and the South Carolina House in District 106.

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.[5]


In November 2011, Withington appeared on Carolina This Week.

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