Scott Talley defeated incumbent Lee Bright in a runoff for the Senate District 12 seat in the Republican Primary.
Talley earned 52 percent of the votes (4,861) over Bright with 48 percent of the votes (4,562).
Bright led the primary with 38 percent of the votes over Talley with just 27 percent.
Since then Talley picked up key endorsements from Gov. Nikki Haley and Duncan Mayor Lisa Scott and Greer businessman David McGraw. Scott and McGraw were also on the ballot opposing Talley and Bright.
Talley served as a state Representative from 2000-2008 before losing to Bright in the 2008 election for the District 12 state senate seat.
Talley since spent the last eight years working as an attorney in his Spartanburg office “The Talley Law Firm”. Talley and his wife, Kelly, have three sons.