Long keeps S.C. House seat

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By Jane Alford

Republican incumbent Deborah A. Long won the S.C. House District 45 seat over Democrat Mary L. Bernsdorff in Tuesday's general election.
According to unofficial results from the Lancaster and York County Election Commissions, Long won 65 percent of the vote, which was 10,272 votes. Bernsdorff trailed at 35 percent with 5,522 votes.
In Lancaster County, Long received 6,974 votes or 61 percent of the vote, compared to Bernsdorff's 4,518 votes, or 39 percent of the vote.
In York County, Long received 3,298 votes or 77 percent of the vote, compared to Bernsdorff's 1,004 votes, or 23 percent of the vote.
Hot-button issues in the S.C. House District 45 race included the state's high unemployment rate, the need to attract more businesses to the state and educational funding.
Bernsdorff, 62, a retired educator, had challenged Long, 55, an optometrist with Fort Mill Vision, for the seat she's held since 2008. House District 45 includes parts of Lancaster and York counties.
Long, an Indian Land resident, said she was pleased with the results.
She's looking forward to seeing some of the issues the House worked on in her first term passed in the Senate. Those include voter ID and transparency – not only in the Legislature, but also in how university dollars and other state money is spent. Education and improving the state's business environment are also high on her priority list.