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ELECTION 2012 Knotts, Brady lose re-election bids to Statehouse

The long tie seantor at the heart of this year's filing scandal went down in defeat.

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Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2012 6:45 am

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A woman broke into South Carolina's all-male Senate on Tuesday as petition candidate Katrina Shealy defeated a longtime legislative foe of Gov. Nikki Haley, while in the House, voters replaced a Republican woman with a Democratic one.

Sen. Jake Knotts, R-West Columbia, became the only state senator to lose his re-election bid in one of the state's most closely watched races. The 67-year-old former law enforcement officer lost to the former Lexington County GOP chairwoman in a race that sparked the chaos that tossed nearly 250 people off primary ballots.

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