Jenny Sanford announces she will not run for House special election

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January 15, 2013

South Carolina

By Geoff Pallay

COLUMBIA, South Carolina: Former South Carolina First Lady Jenny Sanford announced she would not run in the special election to fill a vacancy in the 1st Congressional District.[1]

The vacancy was created when former representative Tim Scott (R) was appointed by Governor Nikki Haley (R) to the United States Senate.

The filing deadline for candidates is January 28, 2013. A primary will be held on March 19, with the general election to follow on May 7, 2013.

Other candidates who have been rumored to run for the seat include:

Republican Party Keith Blandford, former Libertarian candidate[2]
Republican Party Larry Grooms, state senator[3][4][5]
Republican Party Larry Kobrovsky, Charleston County School Board member[4]
Republican Party Chip Limehouse, state representative[3][4][5]
Republican Party Peter McCoy, state representative[3][4]
Republican Party James Merrill, state representative[3]
Republican Party Mark Sanford, former South Carolina Governor[6]
Republican Party Elliot Summey, Charleston County Councilman[4][5]
Republican Party Paul Thurmond, state senator[3][4][5]

Former Governor Sanford is considered a front-runner in part due to his campaign war chest, which has $120,000 from prior campaigns.[7]

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