No matter the outcome it was a historic race. The winner of the S.C. House District 45 seat was going to be filled by the first woman or the first black since Reconstruction.
Fort Mill optometrist Deborah Long defeated Lancaster County Council member Fred Thomas in the general election. Long, an Indian Land resident, garnered 11,051 votes, or almost 57 percent of the vote. Thomas, a Lancaster resident, had 8,422 votes, or 43 percent.