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|U.S. House, South Carolina, District 7|
|J.D.||University of South Carolina|
On June 22, 2012 a Horry County judge decided that there would be a run-off 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. 
Brittain was the only Democrat in the race to oppose same-sex marriage.
Brittain ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing South Carolina's 7th District. Reports initially said that Brittain lost to Gloria Bromell Tinubu in the June 12, 2012 Democratic primary. However, on June 22, 2012 a Horry County judge decided that there would be a run-off election to decide the winner of the Democratic primary. Gloria Bromell Tinubu defeated Brittain in the primary runoff election. 
|U.S. House, South Carolina's 7th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Gloria Bromell Tinubu Incumbent||72.7%||17,930|
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.
On May 23, 2012, Brittain released his first TV ad, titled "Can."
- Rep. James E. Clyburn
- Former Rep. John Spratt
- Former S.C. Governor Jim Hodges
- 2010 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Vincent Sheheen
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.
A Francis Marion University/SCNOW.com 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.
|South Carolina's Congressional District 7, 2012|
(May 14-15, 2012)
|Ted Vick (D)||15%||15%|
|Gloria Tinubu (D)||9%||9%|
|Preston Brittain (D)||6%||6%|
|Harry Pavilack (D)||3%||3%|
|Parnell Diggs (D)||3%||3%|
|Margin of error||+/-3.8||3.8%|
|Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to email@example.com|
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.
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- ↑ scnow.com "Brittain announces candidacy for S.C.'s new 7th Congressional District" Accessed February 5, 2012
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 WMBF News "Judge: Run-off to decide 7th Congressional Democratic nominee" Accessed June 25, 2012
- ↑ scnow.com "Brittain gains endorsements from five major S.C. Democrats" Accessed June 2, 2012
- ↑ myrtlebeachonline.com "7th District Dem debate produces few surprises" Accessed June 7, 2012
- ↑ Carolina Live "Gloria Tinubu wins 7th Congressional District Democratic race," June 12, 2012
- ↑ WYFF News-2012 Primary Results
- ↑ Washington Post blog "The 10 House districts that might surprise you," May 11, 2012
- ↑ myrtlebeachonline "Dems line up to endorse Brittain in SC 7th" Accessed May 29, 2012
- ↑ scnow.com "Tinubu slams Brittain hours before final debate" Accessed June 8, 2012
- ↑ SCNOW.com "Bauer, Rice lead in FMU/SCNOW.com poll" Accessed May 19, 2012
- ↑ opensecrets.org Accessed May 20, 2012