South Carolina's congressional special election ballot to have 19 names

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January 31, 2013

South Carolina

By Zac Humphrey

COLUMBIA, South Carolina: There are 19 candidates who have filed to fill the currently vacant seat in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District. Among them, three are Democratic and 16 are Republican.

On December 6, 2012, Jim DeMint announced he would leave the U.S. Senate to become president of the Heritage Foundation, starting in January 2013. Gov. Nikki Haley (R) appointed representative Tim Scott to fill the remainder of DeMint's term. Scott's departure cleared the way for a vacancy in the 1st District.[1][2]

Former Governor Mark Sanford is seen as the front runner due to name recognition and the fact that he has $120,000 in an old campaign account. This coupled with his ability to fundraise quickly gives him a leg up on the field. This is also his former seat in the U.S. House of Representatives that he held for three terms, prior to being elected governor.[3]

The 1st Congressional District includes North Charleston, and parts of Dorchester, Berkeley, and Georgetown counties. It also includes Myrtle Beach. The district leans Republican.[4] The district has a Partisan Voter Index of R+11, which is the 97th most Republican district in the country.[5] The last Democratic candidate elected was Mendel Jackson Davis in 1978.[6]

The primary will be held on March 19, with a runoff on April 2, if needed. The general election is currently scheduled for May 7, 2013.[7]

Democratic Party Democratic candidates

Republican Party Republican candidates

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  1. Wall Street Journal, "Sen. Jim DeMint to Head Heritage Foundation," December 6, 2012
  2. Washington Post, "Jim DeMint leaving the Senate," December 6, 2012
  3. Roll Call, "Sanford Likely Front-Runner in S.C. Special Election," January 3, 2013
  4., "Ted Turner’s son vying in SC congressional primary," January 23, 2013
  5. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
  6. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Davis, Medel Jackson, (1942-2007)," accessed January 28, 2013
  7. South Carolina Republican Party Website, "1st Congressional Special Election details set," accessed January 3, 2013
  8. Politico, "No joke: Stephen Colbert’s sister plans House bid," January 18, 2013
  9. 9.00 9.01 9.02 9.03 9.04 9.05 9.06 9.07 9.08 9.09 9.10 9.11 South Carolina Radio Network, "List of 19 candidates running for District 1 seat," January 28, 2013 (dead link)
  10. CBS Charlotte, "Former Gov. Sanford Could Face Ex-Wife For Open House Seat," December 20, 2012
  11. Mount Pleasant Patch, "Hanahan's Ric Bryant Enters SC1 GOP Fray," January 28, 2013 (dead link)
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  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Post and Courier, "If Haley picks Scott to take DeMint's place, expect wide-open race," December 8, 2012
  14. 14.0 14.1 National Journal, "Scott Appointment Will Shape Two S.C. Special Elections," December 17, 2012
  15. CNN "FIRST ON CNN: Mark Sanford plans to run for Congress," December 20, 2012