The only drama in Tuesday’s SC District 1 primaries was in not being able to confirm who would come in second to highest GOP vote-getter Mark Sanford (37 percent) and would have to face him in a run-off. With 100 percent of the precincts tallied, attorney Curtis Bostic got 13.2 percent and state Senator Larry Grooms got 12.4 percent. With the difference being less than a percentage point, there will be an automatic recount Friday.
Late in the evening Tuesday, Grooms’ Facebook message read:
“I am grateful to all my family, friends, volunteers and others who worked so hard for my campaign. I regret that we fell a few votes shy of our plan to be in a runoff election. I had hoped for a better ending to this wild ride but God had different plans in mind. Congratulations to Mark Sanford and Curtis Bostic for running good campaigns. I wish them well.”
In an interview with Goose Creek Patch, Bostic said a busy grassroots campaign pushed him ahead of a crowded field. Grooms gathered more high-profile endorsements, including two current South Carolina congressmen and national Tea Party groups.
There will be a runoff debate at USC-Beaufort Tuesday morning, hosted by AARP of South Carolina, SC Patch and South Carolina Radio Network.