MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — South Carolina state Rep. Russell Fry won his Republican primary Tuesday for the U.S. House of Representative District 7 seat, beating five-term incumbent congressman Tom Rice.
Fry was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, while Rice was a strong supporter of Trump’s policies in Washington who voted to impeach him over his failure to calm the mob that violently sought to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s victory.
“This is not about me,” Fry said. “It’s about reclaiming what is best about America.”
“Tonight is a strong signal that our best days are yet to come,” he added.
Rice had several notable endorsements, including former House Speaker Paul Ryan and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
“My friends, Russell Fry and Donald Trump soundly whooped me tonight,” Rice posted on Facebook. “I thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for the privilege of serving you for the last 9 years. I truly love the Grand Strand and Pee Dee! The best part of the job is all of the wonderful people I’ve met. I am so very proud of how far we’ve come. I wish you freedom, prosperity, and happiness.”
Rice is the first of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump to lose a reelection bid.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.