Filing for South Carolina’s special House election closes at noon today.
A small crowd of Republicans are running; in alphabetical order, they are Keith W. Blandford, former Charleston County councilman Curtis Bostic, state senator Larry Grooms, Jonathan Hoffman, Jeff King, former state representative John Kuhn, state representative Chip Limehouse, state representative Peter McCoy, Charleston County School Board trustee Elizabeth Moffly, former Dorchester County sheriff Ray Nash, state representative Andy Patrick, former governor Mark Sanford, and Teddy Turner, son of mogul Ted Turner.
Three candidates have filed on the Democratic side: Elizabeth Colbert-Busch (the sister of television comedian Stephen Colbert), Bobbie Rose, and Martin Skelly.
If no candidate receives at least 50 percent of the vote in the primary, the two top-finishing candidates will compete in a runoff April 2. The general election is May 7.