Crowded SC congressional race a "par for the course"

Horry County, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – It's a crowded race for South Carolina's 1st Congressional District with nine Republican candidates and two Democratic candidates vying for the seat.

With so many candidates, political analyst Brian McGee says the number of those interested in the position is par for the course in a congressional election.

"For anyone in politics, there's a peculiar fascination with this kind of job," said McGee. "Any time you have an open seat, there will be a rush to it. There are only 535 members of congress in a nation of 300 million. This seat might not be open again in any serious way for another 20 or 30 years."

Horry County leaders say the race for the 1st Congressional District race is an important one to help with funding for the Grand Strand area.

Horry County Council Chair Liz Gilland says she'd like to make sure whoever is elected works on the I-73 funding and the two industrial parks in the area, as well as the Coast RTA.

In addition to this, Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes adds that whoever is elected needs to focus on the Grand Strand's tourism - especially because he says it's the largest producer of tax revenue in the state.

The primary is on June 8.

Copyright 2010 WMBF News. All rights reserved.