WASHINGTON (6/30/10)--Credit union backers, with the support of the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) federal PAC, the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC), and the South Carolina Credit Union League, won a trio of Republican primary contests in South Carolina last week. In one such House primary runoff, current state representative Tim Scott, who has served on the board of Charleston, S.C.-based Heritage Trust FCU, which holds $430 million in assets from 50,000 members, defeated Paul Thurmond, son of the late politician Strom Thurmond. If Scott wins, he will likely be the first African American Republican to serve in the House of Representatives since Oklahoma's J.C. Watts retired from Congress in 2002. In another runoff, current state representative Jeff Duncan, a well known backer of the credit union cause, defeated challenger Richard Cash with 51% of the total vote. Duncan will face Democratic nominee Jane Dyer in November. Prosecutor Trey Gowdy defeated South Carolina District 4 incumbent Bob Inglis, winning nearly three-quarters of primary votes in the process. Gowdy will vie with Paul Corden for the now-open Congressional seat. CUNA expects all three nominees to win handily in this November's general election.