#SC01 South Carolina Republican Runoff Results (LIVE-BLOG)

Polls close at 7 p.m. ET in today’s runoff vote for the Republican nomination in South Carolina’s 1st District special election. Former Gov. Mark Sanford and former Charleston County councilman Curtis Bostic are running to face Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch in the May 7 election to fill the House seat vacated by the appointment of Tim Scott to the Senate.

The South Carolina State Election Commission page is here.

The ViralRead crew will be liveblogging the results and reaction from around the Web. Stay tuned …

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The irrepressible Will Folks approves of the Luv Guv’s Latina inamorata:


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Sanford victory speech

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Short cellphone-recorded clip of Bostic concession speech (leading supporters in “God Bless America”) [VIDEO]:


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Mark Davenport
@Live5News - WCSC-TV (CBS)

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Bostic said in his concession speech, of Sanford:

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Bostic: I want to be the first to congratulate Governor Sanford. https://twitter.com/SujataLive5/status/319248409770999809

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ViralRead does not make predictions. However, a Bostic defeat is likely.

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ViralRead Editor in Chief Robert Stacy McCain is outside Bostic Headquarters with a crowd of Bostic supporters,, awaiting Curtis Bostic’s concession speech.

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Grace in defeat.

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Sanford………. 23,865 (56.45%)
Bostic…………..18,411 (43.55% )

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Sanford Wins; Up Next, Colbert-Busch: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/south-carolina-mark-sanford-jumps-to-early-lead-over-curtis-bostic-89570.html

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Mark Sanford with friends and family as election results are counted across the 1st Congressional District. http://t.co/dm7vL9gcVS

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#Breaking: Former Gov. Mark Sanford has won the Republican primary runoff in South Carolina’s 1st District, the AP reports


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Count on 2 News, Charleston, SC, is projecting Mark Sanford as the winner.


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Sanford………… 55.19% 14,227
Bostic…………… 44.81% 11,552

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Beaufort Co. again throwing a wrench in the race!

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In #SC01, @AP says 56% of precincts reporting, Sanford maintains 9 pt lead over Bostic

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Election Commission:

Sanford …………. 54.29% 12,053
Bostic…………….. 45.71% 10,149

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So far, Bostic is actually doing better in Charleston Co. than in Berkeley Co. Sums up how well we can predict special elections.

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Law firm packed w/ @bostic4congress supporters. Curtis Bostic expected to arrive in 30 min.

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19 ptc of precincts reporting — Sanford up 58 pct to 42 pct over Bostic in #SC01

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SANFORD ……….. 9,053 (53%)
BOSTIC …………… 8,013 (47%)

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Bostic supporters eat and wait for results.

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Bostic supporters outside of South Carolina are looking to SC-01 to protect the image of the GOP.

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FYI: That last update included some of the first Dorchester results…

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SANFORD ……….. 4,003 (58%)
BOSTIC …………… 2,941 (42%)

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FYI: This is still just Charleston County.

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SANFORD ……….. 2,931 (56%)
BOSTIC …………… 2,290 (44%)

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According to the SC State Election Commission, 1,387 votes have been recorded so far.

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6 of 317 precincts reporting (2%)
Sanford 62%
Bostic 38%

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SANFORD ……….. 1,250 (62%)
BOSTIC …………… 771 (38%)

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SANFORD ……….. 652 (63%)
BOSTIC …………… 384 (37%)

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The word for this is “Heh”:

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Politico has their “5 Things to Watch” listicle:


Me? I figure the vote totals are the main thing to watch. Call me crazy …

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Some interesting media news from us here at ViralRead:

Still waiting for an answer…


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  2. April 2, 2013  7:23 pm by thatmrgguy Reply

    So, does this mean We have to stay up 'til 3AM to get the results? And will there be a demand for a recount from the loser if the vote totals are close?