Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford beat Curtis Bostic in the Republican primary race for the First Congressional District seat. Unofficial results from the Beaufort County Board of Elections and Registration and the South Carolina State Election Commission show Sanford with 57 percent of the vote, with all five counties reporting.
In just Beaufort County, Curtis Bostic had 52 percent of the vote with Sanford at 48 percent. Voter turnout countywide was at 11 percent.
Sanford will now go on to face Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch in the general election, which will be held May 7. Colbert Busch, from Charleston, is also comedian Stephen Colbert’s sister.
The seat for the U.S. House of Representatives District 1 was left open when Gov. Nikki Haley appointed Tim Scott as U.S. Senator to fill Jim DeMint’s position in December.