Rep. Joe Wilson wins GOP primary

REP. Joe Wilson

COLUMBIA (WACH/AP) - Incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson has easily won nomination to a seventh full term in Congress.

In early returns on Tuesday, Wilson collected 86 percent of the vote to swamp Eddie McCain in the state's 2nd District reaching from Columbia southwest to the Savannah River in the Aiken area.

Wilson was first elected in 2001 in a special election. He previously faced McCain, who ran then as a Libertarian.

Wilson serves on the House Armed Services Committee as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Military Personnel, the Committee on Education and the Workforce and the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

He was appointed by the Republican Leader to the Republican Policy Committee and works as an Assistant Republican Whip

Wilson released this statement Tuesday night

"Tonight, I am extremely humbled that the people of South Carolina's Second Congressional District support the limited government and expanded freedom message I promote in Washington. President Obama's liberal agenda continues to destroy jobs, restrict our freedoms, and squeeze more money out of hard-earned paychecks. As long as I am given the privilege to serve, I will continue to fight for Obamacare's repeal and our national security by supporting our brave men in uniform, their families, and veterans," said Wilson.

Wilson now advances to the November election in which he faces the winner of the district's Democratic primary between Ed Greenleaf against Phil Black.