Six-term U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis was trounced Tuesday in the Republican runoff by Spartanburg prosecutor Trey Gowdy, who questioned Inglis' conservative credentials.
With all precincts reporting, Gowdy had nearly 71 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results.
Gowdy will face Democrat Paul Corden of Spartanburg in the general election Nov. 2.
Respected for years as a conservative in the 4th District, which includes Greenville and Spartanburg, Inglis angered constituents by voting for the 2008 financial bailout and was swept up in the nation's anti-incumbent sentiment.
He further upset some residents by suggesting they shouldn't watch Glenn Beck's television program.
During the campaign Gowdy, chief prosecutor for Spartanburg and Cherokee counties, also downplayed Inglis' experience, saying voters unhappy with the country's direction were willing to give others a try.
In District 3, state Rep. Jeff Duncan of Laurens knocked off businessman Richard Cash of Powdersville for the Republican nomination to replace U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett. Duncan will face FedEx pilot and former Air Force Capt. Jane Dyer of Easley in November.