Sen. Karl Allen won the Senate District 7 primary in a rematch against Greenville City Councilwoman Lillian Brock Flemming. The incumbent senator had previously defeated Flemming in a 2008 Democratic primary, when the party’s nomination was an open contest.
With 98 percent of Greenville County precincts reporting, Allen won this year’s primary with a wider margin than in 2012. He got 2,735 votes — 71.04 percent — to Flemming’s 1,115 votes, totaling 28.96 percent. In 2012, Allen won with 54.8 percent to Flemming’s 45.2 percent.
Allen will go on to face Republican opponent Glen Robinson in the general election this November.
Allen who is seeking his second term emphasized his experience at the Statehouse and the seniority he would gain. He said a second term would give him the opportunity to continue working on education and economic development initiatives for the district, two issues he believes are critical.
“I am now on in the position to be on senior committees, to bring more jobs and resources here,” Allen said told The Greenville News before the primary.
While he cannot become a committee chairman while Republicans control the senate, he is a member of five senate committees, including the judiciary and transportation committees and said he is “next in line” for a seat on the powerful finance committee.
“That position would benefit the district greatly,” Allen said. “A new person would have to start at the bottom.”
Story Credit: Amanda Coyne, The Greenville News https://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/06/14/allen-wins-senate-7-democratic-primary-wide-margin/85822584/
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