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Keith Blandford

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Keith Blandford
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Candidate for
U.S. House, South Carolina, District 1
PartyRepublican
Education
Bachelor'sVirginia Polytechnic Institute[1]
Military service
Service/branchUS Army National Guard, US Navy Reserves[1]
Personal
ProfessionEnvironmental Scientist[1]
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Keith Blandford was a Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House in the special election for the 1st Congressional District of South Carolina.[2] Blandford was defeated in the Republican primary on March 19, 2013.[3]

Blandford was a 2012 Libertarian candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of South Carolina.[4]

Elections

2013

See also: South Carolina's 1st Congressional District special election, 2013

Blandford ran for the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of South Carolina. The election was held to replace Tim Scott, who was appointed to fill Jim DeMint's vacant seat in the U.S. Senate.[5] Blandford was defeated in the Republican primary against Curtis Bostic, Ric Bryant, Larry Grooms, Jonathan Hoffman, Jeff King, John Kuhn, Tim Larkin, Chip Limehouse, Peter McCoy, Elizabeth Moffly, Ray Nash, Andy Patrick, Shawn Pinkston, Mark Sanford and Teddy Turner on March 19, 2013.[3][2][6]

Former Governor Mark Sanford was considered the front runner due to name recognition and the fact that he had $120,000 in an old campaign account. That coupled with his ability to fundraise quickly gave him a leg up on the field. It was also his former seat in the U.S. House of Representatives that he held for three terms, prior to being elected governor.[7]

The district leans Republican.[8] The last Democratic candidate elected was Mendel Jackson Davis in 1978.[9]

U.S. House, South Carolina District 1 Special Republican Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Sanford 36.9% 19,854
Green check mark transparent.pngCurtis Bostic 13.3% 7,168
Ric Bryant 0.2% 87
Larry Grooms 12.4% 6,673
Jonathan Hoffman 0.7% 360
Jeff King 0.4% 211
John Kuhn 6.5% 3,479
Tim Larkin 0.7% 393
Harry "Chip" Limehouse 6.1% 3,279
Peter McCoy 1.6% 867
Elizabeth Moffly 1% 530
Ray Nash 4.7% 2,508
Andy Patrick 7% 3,783
Shawn Pinkston 0.3% 154
Keith Blandford 0.4% 195
Teddy Turner 7.9% 4,252
Total Votes 53,793
Source: Official results via South Carolina State Election Commission[3]

2012

See also: South Carolina's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Blandford was defeated by incumbent Timothy Scott.[10] Blandford ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent South Carolina's 1st District. He faced Timothy Scott (R) and Bobbie Rose (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4]

U.S. House, South Carolina District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Bobbie Rose 35.7% 103,557
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTimothy Scott Incumbent 62% 179,908
     Libertarian Keith Blandford 2.2% 6,334
     N/A Write-In 0.1% 214
Total Votes 290,013
Source: South Carolina State Election Commission "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

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