Wilson re-elected to 9th full term in Congress


COLUMBIA (AP) - Voters have sent U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson back to Congress.

The Republican won re-election Tuesday to a ninth full term in the western South Carolina 2nd District.

As he does in nearly every election, Wilson faced reminders of how he shouted "You lie!" at President Barack Obama during a 2009 speech to Congress health care speech. He has easily won re-election every two years since.

Wilson's Democratic opponent was Army veteran Sean Carrigan, who characterized himself in June's primary as a moderate who could beat Wilson.

South Carolina hasn't sent a freshman Democrat to the U.S. House or U.S. Senate since U.S. Rep. James Clyburn won his initial term in 1992.

The 2nd District includes Aiken, Barnwell and Lexington counties as well as parts of Orangeburg and Richland counties.