Sanford garners most votes, but not majority, in Republican primary

  • Tuesday, March 19, 2013

As many predicted, former Gov. Mark Sanford earned the most votes in the Republican primary for the First Congressional District, but not enough to win outright.
With all precincts reporting, Sanford has 37 percent of the vote. Voter turnout stands at 15.5 percent.
In second place, Curtis Bostic has 13.32 percent of the vote with 7,149 votes and Larry Grooms has 12.4 percent with 6,656 votes.
Because the results between Bostic and Grooms are within 1 percent, there will be a recount, Dorchester County Election Director Joshua Dickard said.
Barring any change in the results, Bostic will then face Sanford in a runoff in two weeks.
Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch easily won her primary.
Election officials are winding up the vote count.
With 52,965 votes in the Republican primary so far, former Gov. Mark Sanford has captured 37 percent of the vote.
In second place so far is Curtis Bostic with 13.2 percent followed by Larry Grooms with 12.45 percent.
Dorchester County is the only county with outstanding votes.
In Berkeley County, Sanford took 35 percent of the vote. Grooms, the hometown senator, took 28 percent of the vote.
Berkeley County reported almost 15 percent turnout.
Voting results are starting to come in for the First Congressional District primary.
Almost 40 percent of Dorchester County Republican voters have chosen former Gov. Mark Sanford thus far.
With 7,506 votes counted in the county, Curtis Bostic is coming in second with 18 percent followed by Ray Nash with 12 percent.
Berkeley County hasn't posted results.
On the Democratic side, Elizabeth Colbert Busch has a resounding lead.
With 33,583 votes counted, Former Gov. Mark Sanford has 37 percent of the vote throughout the district.
Curtis Bostic now has almost 12 percent, with Andy Patrick right behind.
Dorchester County hasn't reported any new counts, and Berkeley County hasn't reported any returns yet.
Former Gov. Mark Sanford is proving popular in Dorchester County in very early returns. He has 43 percent of the vote in the county, followed by Curtis Bostic with almost 16 percent.
Both former Dorchester County Sheriff Ray Nash and state Sen. Larry Grooms have about 11.5 percent within Dorchester County.
However, the tallies for the entire district show Sanford's lead fluctuating as results come in from different precincts.
Overall, with 17,568 votes counted in the Republican primary, Sanford has 34 percent of the vote, followed by Andy Patrick with 17 percent and Curtis Bostic with 11 percent.
With 2,120 votes reported, Mark Sanford's lead is down slightly to 39 percent, while Curtis Bostic has leaped up to 19 percent. Chip Limehouse has almost 11 percent.
With fewer than 2,000 votes counted, the State Election Commission shows Mark Sanford in the lead with 40 percent of the vote, followed by Curtis Bostic with almost 16 percent and Chip Limehouse with almost 14 percent.
On the Democratic side, Elizabeth Colbert Busch has 94 percent of the vote against Ben Frasier.
Neither Berkeley nor Dorchester counties have reported any tallies yet.

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