Voters unseat Midlands incumbent Democrat in Senate

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COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) - Voters have unseated a 16-year incumbent Democrat in the South Carolina Legislature.

Sen. Creighton Coleman of Winnsboro was the only Democratic senator in a primary runoff Tuesday. He was defeated by Mike Fanning of Great Falls.

Fanning will face Republican Mark Palmer of York in November for the seat representing portions of Fairfield, Chester and York counties.

Voters first elected Coleman to the state House in 2000, then the Senate in 2008.

Fanning is director of the Olde English Consortium, a Chester-based nonprofit that coordinates education initiatives in the region.

Coleman is among several incumbent senators fighting for their political lives Tuesday.

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