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

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The 1st congressional district of South Carolina will hold a special election for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013. The election will be held to fill the vacancy left by the appointment of Representative Tim Scott (R) to the United States Senate. South Carolina law dictates that a primary election to fill a vacancy to the U.S. House must be held on the 11th Tuesday after the vacancy occurs, with the general election being held 18 weeks after the vacancy. Based on what U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R) has said regarding his departure from the U.S. Senate, the primary would be held sometime in late March with the general election in May.[1]


The following individuals have been mentioned as possible candidates who could declare for the open seat.

Republican Party Larry Grooms, state senator[1][2][3]
Republican Party Tom Davis, state senator[1]
Republican Party Paul Thurmond, state senator[1][2][3]
Republican Party James Merrill, state representative[1]
Republican Party Peter McCoy, state representative[1][2]
Republican Party Jenny Sanford, former first lady of South Carolina[1][2][3]
Republican Party Chip Limehouse, state representative[1][2][3]
Republican Party Elliot Summey, Charleston County Councilman[2][3]
Republican Party Larry Kobrovsky, Charleston County School Board member[2]

Race background

Scott was appointed to the U.S. Senate by Gov. Nikki Haley (R) to replace Jim DeMint (R). DeMint decided to resign and head the conservative Heritage Foundation beginning in January 2013.[4]

Republicans are heavy favorites to retain control of the seat.

District history


On November 6, 2012, Tim Scott (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Bobbie Rose and Keith Blandford in the general election.

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"


On November 2, 2010, Scott won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Ben Frasier, Robert Dobbs, Rob Groce, Keith Blandford, and Jimmy Wood in the general election.[5]

U.S. House of Representatives, South Carolina Congressional District 1 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Scott 65.7% 152,755
     Democratic Ben Frasier 28.8% 67,008
     Working Families Rob Groce 1.8% 4,148
     Green Robert Dobbs 1.4% 3,369
     Libertarian Keith Blandford 1.2% 2,750
     Independence Jimmy Wood 1.1% 2,489
Total Votes 232,519

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