Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Some Republican voters voted enthusiastically for former Gov. Mark Sanford on April 2 and some reluctantly, but a vote is a vote, and Sanford got 26,066 of them, more than enough to beat former Charleston County Councilman Curtis Bostic for the nomination for the First Congressional District.
Bostic got 20,005 votes, or 43 percent. Of the five counties participating, only Beaufort chose Bostic over Sanford.
Less than 10 percent of Berkeley County voters took part in the runoff; Berkeley voters reflected the rest of the district as they gave Sanford a majority with 57 percent of the county vote, according Berkeley Voter Registration and Election commission results.
Sanford received 5,267 votes in Berkeley County while Bostic received 3,923 votes (42 percent). A total of 9,245 ballots were cast.
In Dorchester County, 4,208 voters, or 58 percent, chose Sanford. Turnout was 9.65 percent.
Sanford issued a statement Tuesday evening thanking voters and his opponent. He said the campaign between himself and Democratic nominee Elizabeth Colbert Busch will contrast his record of cutting debt and reducing taxes and on her side, “more of the same of what has gotten our country into the mess that it’s in.”
Chad Connelly, chairman of the state GOP, issued a statement calling Colbert Busch an “overpaid liberal educrat.”
Colbert Busch, the director of business development at Clemson University’s Restoration Institute, issued a statement saying her business experience will help her cut waste, lower tax rates for small businesses and be a “voice in Washington who stands up for South Carolina solutions – not either political party.”
The general election is scheduled for May 7.