Democrat Joe Cunningham wins South Carolina Congress seat, beats Trump-backed Arrington

Joe Cunningham speaks to supporters, Nov. 6, 2018 (WCIV)

For the first time in nearly 40 years, a Democrat is expected to represent the Charleston, South Carolina region in Congress.

Joe Cunningham has been declared the winner of South Carolina's 1st Congressional District, defeating Donald Trump-endorsed Republican Katie Arrington.

The Associated Press called the race in Cunningham's favor around 2 a.m. Wednesday in a tight race.

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Cunningham will take over South Carolina's 1st Congressional District seat from Republican Mark Sanford, who Arrington ousted in the June primaries after a contentious race.

Cunningham received bi-partisan support, including the endorsement of several Lowcountry Republicans, for his stance against opening the Atlantic Ocean to offshore oil drilling, as the Trump administration has proposed doing.

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