Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Republicans in the First Congressional District chose Congressional experience Tuesday, going for former Gov. Mark Sanford over former Charleston County Councilman Curtis Bostic.
Only Beaufort County appeared to favor Bostic; with 73 of 80 precincts reporting there, Bostic had a lead of 53 percent.
But Dorchester County, with all 59 precincts reporting, went for Sanford by 58 percent. Charleston County, with 131 of 133 precincts reporting, went for Sanford by 61 percent and Berkeley County, with all 44 precincts reporting, chose Sanford with 57 percent of the vote.
Turnout was light all day, coming in around 10 percent in all counties except Colleton.
Colleton, with one precinct in the district, had 22 percent turnout and 59 percent of the voters chose Sanford.
Sanford voters most often cited his prior experience in Congress.
Peter Douglass, voting at Knightsville Elementary School, said Sanford is the most qualified to go to Washington and “stop those people” in Congress.
At Oakbrook Elementary School, Deborah Kidd said she voted for Bostic for the second time.
“I don't want Mr. Sanford in office again,” she said.
She didn't think he truly cared about his job. Bostic, on the other hand, has good values and has done a lot of good for the community and the wider world, she said.
As Kidd was exiting the precinct around 5 p.m., turnout at Oakbrook Elementary stood at 4.6 percent.
At Fort Dorchester High School a short time later, turnout was 5.3 percent. There, Randy Staley said he voted for Bostic.
His first-choice candidate was Teddy Turner, so this time around his vote was an “anybody but Sanford” vote.
Others, however, said they separated Sanford's personal life from his political life.
At Summerville High School, Gaylord and Martha Carder said they voted for Sanford based on his political record.
“Because he's done a good job before,” Martha Carder said.