Anthony — who will serve another two years in the South Carolina House of Representatives for a total of 10 years by 2012 — won over challenger Randall English by a margin of about 2,500.
The final tally was 5,894 votes for Anthony and 3,273 votes for English in Union County.
“I’m thrilled the people have chosen to send me back for two more years,” the incumbent said.
He credited much of the success of this year’s campaign to retain his District 42 seat to the support and work his family did with him. Anthony said his mother and brother, specifically, really helped in securing the victory.
“It’s really been a family thing,” he said. “It’s just been great doing this together.”
Anthony called the race for the District 42 seat refreshing. He said with all the negative campaigning going on at other levels of government — specifically mentioning the heated South Carolina governor’s race — it was a nice change of pace to have the clean race he did with English.
“Mr. English was nothing but a gentleman the entire way,” Anthony said.
He thanked the people of Union County for giving him another two years to serve them in Columbia and said the next legislative session is an important one for the county as the redistricting process will begin after the first of the year in 2011.
“We’ll start redistricting in January and it is critical we keep Union County together,” Anthony said.