SC House top officer, 2 other GOP members lose

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Voters turned out three Republican House members in South Carolina's primaries Tuesday, including the House's No. 2 officer.

House Speaker Pro Tem Harry Cato of Travelers Rest lost the seat he's held since 1991 to Tom Corbin, who faces Democrat Stephen Salter in November.

Meanwhile, GOP Rep. Keith Kelly of Woodruff lost to Bill Chumley, who will face Democrat Tom Davies in November.

And Republican Rep. Jim Stewart of Aiken lost his seat to Bill Taylor, who faces no Democratic Party opposition in November.

Three other House incumbents will be in runoffs on June 22: Republican Rep. Joe Millwood of Landrum will face Doug Brannon; GOP Rep. Marion Frye of Leesville faces Ralph Kennedy, and Democratic Rep. Boyd Brown of Winnsboro will face Kamau Marcharia.

Meanwhile, in his bid to return to Statehouse, former House Majority Leader Rick Quinn will be in a runoff with Danny Frazier. The winner of that contest faces Democrat Jan Steensen Crangle.

All 124 House seats are up for election in November, and Republicans have a 73-51 majority. Less than one-third of those races will have a Republican and Democrat facing off in this fall's general election, leaving the primaries deciding about 70 percent of the members of the next House.

The Senate's 46 members don't face voters until 2012.

The next crop of lawmakers will get to use U.S. Census data to draw state and U.S. House districts, a task made even more interesting since South Carolina expects to pick up a seventh U.S. House seat, causing big changes in district maps.

Republicans want to try to gain enough seats to make sure they can deal with a possible veto; Democrats want to make sure they can uphold a veto.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.