Republicans head to runoff; Democrats choose Colbert Busch

  • Wednesday, March 27, 2013

AP Photo/Bruce Smith -- Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford addresses supporters after advancing to the GOP primary runoff. --

 Berkeley County Republican voters have one more decision to make before casting their eyes toward a May 7 general election, in the race to fill Rep. Tim Scott’s vacant First Congressional U.S. House of Representatives seat.
A runoff to determine the GOP candidate will take place on Tuesday, April 2, after last week’s vote saw Berkeley County native son Sen. Larry Grooms just miss the runoff with a third-place finish.
Former Gov. Mark Sanford got almost 37 percent of the 53,657 votes cast in the Republican primary. Behind him were attorney and former Charleston County Councilman Curtis Bostic, with 13.32 percent of the vote districtwide, and Grooms, with 12.4 percent of the vote districtwide. 
Grooms was close enough to Bostic (less than 1 percent) to trigger an automatic recount, which did not change the order of finish.
Democrats, on the other hand, overwhelming chose Elizabeth Colbert Busch over perennial Ben Frasier in last week’s special election.
The election marked the first implementation of the state’s photo ID law, and as a result observers from the U.S. Department of Justice were at several polling places. The election commission’s poll workers said most people were aware of the requirement and prepared with a photo ID. Some complained about it, while others praised the new law.
After next week’s runoff, the election between Colbert Busch and the Republican candidate is May 7.
For all the results of the runoff, see berkeleyind.com.

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