Thursday, April 4, 2013
Some Republican voters Tuesday voted enthusiastically for former Gov. Mark Sanford 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.
In Dorchester County, 4,208 voters, or 58 percent, chose Sanford. Turnout was 9.65 percent.
At Knightsville Elementary School, Joy McCreight sighed and said she’d voted for Sanford, “the little snake.”
Between Bostic and Sanford, the former governor was the best choice, she said, but she had preferred Teddy Turner.
At Summerville High School, Judy Snook voted for Sanford for the second time in two weeks.
“Because when he was in Congress, and also as governor, I think he did a good job,” she said.
But at Flowertown Elementary School, John Conway wasn’t persuaded by the “experience in Congress” argument.
His vote for Bostic was something of an anti-Sanford vote, he said, but it was also based on looking at Bostic’s record and believing he could bring a grassroots perspective to Congress, much as now-Sen. Tim Scott did.
Sanford issued a statement Tuesday evening thanking voters and his opponent. He said the campaignbetween 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.