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Republican Bart Blackwell secures victory in SC House race

November 9, 2018

State Rep. Bart Blackwell, an Aiken Republican, is headed back to the Statehouse.

Blackwell won the race to represent S.C. House District 81 on Tuesday. Democrat Elise Fox, a Savannah River National Laboratory employee, lost.

Blackwell earned almost 63 percent of the Aiken County vote. Fox earned about 36 percent of the vote.

On Tuesday night, Blackwell said the results looked “great.”

“I feel great,” Blackwell added. “I’m really, really glad to come out on top.”

The state representative said he looks forward to his Columbia return.

“I’m thrilled,” he said.

S.C. House District 81 covers a central slice of Aiken County.

Blackwell has been a state representative since 2017. Blackwell had no primary challenger.

Fox could not immediately be reached for comment.

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