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With well-heeled, well-known incumbents changes unlikely in SC congressional delegation

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CHARLESTON, South Carolina — In a quiet congressional election year in South Carolina, voters will choose between well-heeled, well-known incumbents and little-known challengers with little money. So don't expect changes in the makeup of the state delegation when the votes are counted on Nov. 4.

The delegation is composed of six Republicans and one Democrat and only five incumbents face major-party opposition. The latest Federal Election Commission spending reports show those five incumbents had a combined $2.8 million in campaign funds on hand heading into election season while their opponents have only about $27,000. Updated pre-election spending reports are due at the FEC on Oct. 15.

A look at the congressional races in South Carolina this year.

__ Wilson, Duncan and Mulvaney

Incumbent Republican Joe Wilson faces Democrat Phil Black, a retired federal Small Business Administration official from the Lake Murray area of Lexington County in the 2nd District in the Midlands. Harold Geddings III, a construction worker and Labor Party candidate, is also in the race. In the 3rd District in the northwestern corner of the state, retired Townville teacher, Barbara Jo Wrobleski-Mullis, also a Democrat, is challenging GOP incumbent Jeff Duncan. And in the 5th District that runs from near the Charlotte area into the Midlands, Republican incumbent Mick Mulvaney is challenged by Democrat Tom Adams, a Fort Mill town councilman.

__ Black-majority 6th District

Incumbent Democrat Jim Clyburn, the first black congressman elected in South Carolina since Reconstruction, is seeking a 12th term in the black-majority 6th District running along I-95 corridor and into Charleston and Columbia. He faces Republican Anthony Culler, a Kingstree banker. Clyburn has the largest campaign war chest of any South Carolina incumbent with about $1.5 million. Kevin Umbaugh, a retired Air Force officer and now a military analyst from Sumter, is seeking the seat as a Libertarian.

__ Third-party opposition

In the 4th District — in the Greenville-Spartanburg area — incumbent Trey Gowdy, who has been in national headlines recently as chairman of the special House panel on Benghazi, faces a third-party candidate. Libertarian Curtis McLaughlin is a systems analyst from Greenville.

— 2012 repeat

In the 7th District, incumbent freshman Republican Tom Rice again faces Democrat Gloria Bromell Tinubu in a rerun of their 2012 contest. Federal campaign reports show Rice had about $540,000 on hand heading into the fall campaign. The FEC filings show Tinubu had only about $7,000 as well as debts of $355,000, most of that from the campaign of two years ago. If elected Tinubu, a former Atlanta city councilwoman and Georgia lawmaker, would become the first black woman elected to Congress in the state. The district was created two years ago in the northeast corner of South Carolina because of population growth reflected in the 2010 census.

— Headlines but no contest

— Former Gov. Mark Sanford, who again represents the state's 1st Congressional District along the coast, is the only incumbent South Carolina congressman with no opposition. He's been in the headlines recently, but largely because of his contentious divorce from his ex-wife Jenny. They divorced after Sanford disappeared from the state in 2009 for five days only to return and acknowledge he was having an affair. In a special election last year, Sanford again won the seat he held for three terms in the 1990s.

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