State House district 56 candidate Tim McGinnis (copy)

Former television anchor Tim McGinnis has won the GOP primary in the special election for state House District 56, in Horry County. McGinnis will not have a Democratic opponent in the general election.  Provided 

Tim McGinnis, a former television news anchor, has won the Republican primary to represent state House District 56 in the General Assembly.

Results on Horry County's website show McGinnis winning with 66 percent of the vote as all 22 precincts reported.

"I had a great time campaigning," McGinnis said.

No Democrats filed for the seat, meaning McGinnis will not face a formal challenger in the Jan. 2 special election.

In the primary, he bested Dwyer Scott, a chiropractor who came in second with 31 percent. Adam Miller, a student from the Longs area, got 2 percent.

District 56 covers the fast-growing Carolina Forest area, just outside of Myrtle Beach, as well as Longs. The seat was vacated earlier this year by Republican Rep. Mike Ryhal, who said he was resigning due to unspecified family issues.

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McGinnis said he will focus on infrastructure issues for the area, where gridlocked residents are in favor of expanding roads and accelerating long awaited projects.

Public safety was also a key issue in the race. Carolina Forest, which would be bigger than Myrtle Beach if it were an incorporated city, has no police station. McGinnis said he would find funding for expanded police services.

He encountered some controversy in the race after online activists in the district criticized a series of ads run on McGinnis’ behalf by a political committee. The committee is closely tied to a lobbying group that often works with the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. The chamber is often accused of supporting specific candidates by those critical of politics in Horry County.

But the people who ran the ads did not coordinate with McGinnis’s campaign, he said.

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