Rutherford elected leader of House Democrats

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on January 8, 2013 at 4:19 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Rep. Todd Rutherford has been elected leader of South Carolina's House Democrats.  

The Columbia Democrat replaces Rep. Harry Ott as House minority leader.  

Rutherford was elected in a 33-12 vote Tuesday over Rep. Ted Vick of Chesterfield. The vote was behind closed doors. 

Ott decided not to seek re-election after eight years in the post, saying he couldn't commit to another two years. 

Earlier Tuesday, Senate Republicans re-elected Harvey Peeler of Gaffney as Senate majority leader for the next four years. The Senate GOP voted unanimously for Peeler in a meeting open to the public. 

Peeler has been majority leader since 2005.  

House Republicans and Senate Democrats elected their leaders in organizational sessions after the November elections.
 

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