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Sanford Wins South Carolina House GOP Runoff


The Associated Press has called the South Carolina special House primary election for Mark Sanford.

At this hour, he leads with 14,227 votes to Bostic’s 11,552, a 55 percent to 44 percent split.

Charleston County, the most populous county in the district, is proving a Sanford stronghold; the former governor leads 59 percent to 40 percent with about two-thirds of precincts reporting.

Much to my surprise, Bostic made up a lot of ground in Beaufort County. He won only 8 percent in the first round but is currently leading that county, 52 percent to 47 percent; 73 out of 80 precincts have reported at this hour.

Clearly, Sanford will need to perform better here in the general-election matchup against Elizabeth Colbert Busch.

Dorchester was Bostic’s best county in the first round (18.4 percent) but proved a Sanford stronghold in the runoff. With two-thirds of precincts reporting, Sanford leads, 58 percent to 41 percent.

Tags: Elizabeth Colbert Busch , Mark Sanford


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