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

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The 1st Congressional District of South Carolina held a special election for the U.S. House of Representatives on May 7, 2013, which Mark Sanford won. The election was held to fill the vacancy left by the appointment of Representative Tim Scott (R) to the United States Senate. South Carolina law dictated 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.[1] The period of time to file to run for office was January 18 to January 28. The primary was held on March 19, with a runoff on April 2 and general election on May 7, 2013.[2]

South Carolina has an open primary system, in which any registered voter can choose which party's primary to vote in, without having to be a member of that party.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
January 28, 2013
March 19, 2013
May 7, 2013


General Election Candidates

Democratic Party Elizabeth Colbert-Busch[3]
Republican Party Mark Sanford[4][5]Approveda
Green Party Eugene Platt[6]

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Republican Party April 2 Republican runoff primary candidates

Note: No candidate won the required majority of votes in the primary election. The top two candidates ran against each other for the nomination in the April 2 runoff primary.[14][15]
Note: The narrow margin between second and third place winners Curtis Bostic and Larry Grooms necessitated an automatic recount. Once the recount was completed, Curtis Bostic advanced to the runoff primary.[17] Grooms indicated on March 20 that he would no longer be in the running for the seat. The automatic recount will still determine a winner, but since Grooms suspended his campaign Bostic will run against Sanford in the runoff primary.[18][19]

Green Party Green Party nominee

Candidates who filed but later withdrew

Democratic Party Martin Skelly, runs UFG Asset Management investment group, first time political candidate[8][21]

Rumored but did not file

Republican Party Tom Davis, state senator[1][22]
Republican Party Jenny Sanford, former first lady of South Carolina[1][11][12][23]
Republican Party Larry Kobrovsky, Charleston County School Board member[11]
Republican Party James Merrill, state representative[1]
Republican Party Elliot Summey, Charleston County Councilman[11][12]
Republican Party Paul Thurmond, state senator[1][11][12]
Democratic Party Bobbie Rose, candidate for the 1st Congressional District in the 2012 general election[24]

Election results

General election

U.S. House, South Carolina District 1 General Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Sanford 54% 77,600
     Democratic Elizabeth Colbert-Busch 45.2% 64,961
     Green Eugene Platt 0.5% 690
     N/A Write-in 0.3% 384
Total Votes 143,635
Source: South Carolina Election Board, "Official Special Election Results"

Primary Elections

Democratic Primary

U.S. House, South Carolina District 1 Special Democratic Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngElizabeth Colbert-Busch 95.9% 15,802
Ben Frasier 4.1% 682
Total Votes 16,484
Source: Official results via South Carolina State Election Commission[3]

Republican Primary

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]

Republican Runoff Primary

U.S. House, South Carolina District 1 Special Runoff Republican Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Sanford 56.6% 26,127
Curtis Bostic 43.4% 20,044
Total Votes 46,171
Source: Official results via South Carolina State Election Commission[25]

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.[26]

Former Governor Mark Sanford was seen as the front runner due to name recognition and the fact that he had $120,000 in an old campaign account. This, coupled with his ability to fundraise quickly, gave him a leg up on the field. This was also his former seat in the U.S. House of Representatives that he held for three terms, prior to being elected governor.[27]

The general election race was expected to be tough for any Democrat. The Charleston-area seat has been a Republican stronghold for decades, and continues to lean Republican.[28][29] The last Democratic candidate elected was Mendel Jackson Davis in 1978.[30]

Following the Republican runoff primary on April 2, 2013, in which Sanford defeated challenger Curtis Bostic and advanced to the general election, national Republicans started to express doubt about the ability of Sanford to overcome his prior political scandals.[31] Bostic commented that Sanford's political history has left him a compromised candidate who would give the Democrats a shot at taking back a district they have not held in more than three decades.[32] Some speculated on what effect the "increasingly rancorous Republican primary" would have on the Republican nominee heading into the May 7 general election, and whether it might be a slight advantage to Colbert-Busch. Early indicators suggested the race between Colbert-Busch and Sanford would be competitive.[33][1] The concern among national Republicans was so real that they’re reportedly prepared to do whatever it took including contributing large amounts of cash to the race.[31] However, many believed that Sanford's forces would have a hard time overwhelming Colbert-Busch in the competition for dollars: Her brother, Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert, was going all out to raise cash for his older sister.[31]

According to one national Republican official, “This race is by no means a slam dunk for Republicans.If anyone says they know how this race is going to play out, they’re kidding themselves.”[31]

The race was included on a Washington Post list of the Top 5 races of 2013.[34]

South Carolina runoff election history

In a historical look at the last 11 runoff primary elections in South Carolina since 1998, the Washington Post found that only 7 out of the 11 elections, or approximately 64% of the time, the top winner in the primary also won the runoff election.[1] Sanford's first House election in 1994 was one instance of a second place primary winner coming from behind to win the nomination in the runoff election.[1]


NRCC pulls funding for Sanford

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) made an announcement on April 17th that it would spend no money to help Sanford win the May 7 special election.[35] Republicans said they were caught off guard by news of Jenny Sanford’s complaint and worried other damaging revelations from Sanford’s personal life that they aren’t aware of could come out in the coming weeks.[36]

According to court documents, Sanford should appear in court May 9, 2013, two days after the special election, to answer a complaint that he trespassed at his ex-wife's home.[37] The complaint says Jenny Sanford confronted Sanford leaving her Sullivans Island home on Feb. 3 by a rear door, using his cell phone for a flashlight.[37] Her attorney filed the complaint the next day and Jenny Sanford confirmed on April 16, 2013, that the documents were authentic.[37] The couple's 2010 divorce settlement says neither may enter the other's home without permission.[37] Sanford lives about a 20-minute drive away in downtown Charleston.[37]

Sanford failed to deny the allegations, and instead released a statement stating ""It's an unfortunate reality that divorced couples sometimes have disagreements that spill over into family court. I did indeed watch the second half of the Super Bowl at the beach house with our 14 year old son because as a father I didn’t think he should watch it alone. Given she was out of town I tried to reach her beforehand to tell her of the situation that had arisen, and met her at the back steps under the light of my cell phone when she returned and told her what had happened."[38]

The NRCC’s decision came as national Democrats began pouring money into the race.[36] On April 16th, House Majority PAC, a Democratic Super PAC, started running an ad accusing Sanford of spending taxpayer money to fund his trips to Argentina.[36] An official with the group said it was spending in the mid six-figures to run the ad.[39] According to reports, the former governor later reimbursed the state for the trips.[36]

After the NRCC's announcment, other outside groups announced they would also pull their support for Sanford.[40] The Club for Growth and Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC tied to John Boehner (R), announced they would no longer lend support to Sanford's campaign.[40]

In light of the announcement regarding Sanford, many believed that Colbert-Busch stood a real chance of upsetting Sanford.[35] If she won, Colbert-Busch would not only have won the congressional seat; the Democrat would have also instantly secured a place on Republicans’ list of highest priority 2014 targets.[35]

Sanford debates Pelosi cutout

On April 24 2013, Republican nominee Mark Sanford stood alongside a life-sized photo of Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at the site of what would have been the first debate between himself and his opponent, Elizabeth Colbert-Busch.[41]

Colbert-Busch did not agree to participate in the debate at the Medical University of South Carolina, citing a tight schedule.[41] The two appeared in one debate on April 29th in Charleston.[41]

In a statement, Sanford stated, "My opponent continues to run a stealth campaign, avoiding public appearances and refusing to commit to televised forums for the benefit of 1st District voters. Since Elizabeth Colbert-Busch refuses to articulate her views publicly, we are left to draw inferences for what she stands for on the basis of the groups that have made substantial monetary investments on her behalf."[41]

Colbert-Busch's campaign responded the same day replying: "While Mark Sanford continues his desperate campaign to deceive voters, Elizabeth Colbert-Busch is spending her time with real people who support her campaign - today alone, she's meeting with a group of Republicans for Elizabeth Colbert Busch and a rally at Burke High School. She doesn't have to resort to phony cardboard cutouts to talk with the people of South Carolina."[41]

Conservative group write-in campaign for GOP alternative

In an effort to give voters an alternative to Sanford and his Democratic opponent Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, one conservative group announced plans on April 25, 2013, to launch a write-in campaign for state senator Larry Grooms.[42] Grooms ran in the Republican primary, finishing third behind Sanford and attorney Curtis Bostic.[42]

The Conservative Campaign Committee PAC, which supported Grooms in the primary, launched an independent expenditure campaign "to give conservative voters who are disenchanted with Sanford but do not want to vote for a Democrat a third option in the May 7 special election."[42] The group's activity included “actively reaching out to conservative leaders and groups from around the country to join our coalition and contribute to this effort,” CCC Vice Chair Selena Owens said in a statement.[42] The group also planned to run radio and television ads to encourage voters to write in Grooms on the ballot, with the ads expected to say, “We don’t have to settle for the lesser of evils in this Special Election. Instead, write in Larry Grooms for Congress on May 7th.”[42]

In response to the write-in campaign, Grooms posted a statement to his Facebook page saying, "I learned today that a national conservative tea-party group has expressed their intent to launch a write-in campaign on my behalf. Their decision was done without my knowledge or consent. It is my desire to untie conservatives, not divide them. While I am grateful to have had their past support, my race is over. I am asking them to stop their effort. The most important action we can take as conservatives is to defeat Liberal Democrat Elizabeth Colbert-Busch. Mrs. Busch would want nothing more than to see the Republican vote split on May 7th because she knows that every Republican that writes in a name is one less vote for the Republican candidate...I encourage you to not help elect a Democrat by writing in my name or any other candidate’s name but instead to support our Republican nominee, Mark Sanford."[43]

Sanford published list of phone calls from ordinary people

Following complaints from Sanford about negative ads being run by Democrats, he made an offer saying, "The Democrats' ads will tell you none of this, so if you have further questions, go to, call me at the campaign office at 843-764-9188, or even on my cell at 843-367-1010."[44]

In response to the offer, one of the groups whose ads Sanford complained about, the House Majority PAC, decided to take him up on it and in a post-script to a fundraising email reprinted Sanford's cell phone number and suggested that their supporters "[g]ive him a call and ask why he spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on luxury travel."[44]

In response to a number of phone calls received, Sanford published a list of the phone numbers of the people who called him on his campaign website.[45][46] Most of the numbers were from individuals outside of the state.[44]


General election

Democratic-aligned House Majority PAC unveiled their first commercial entitled "Air Sanford."

Democrat Elizabeth Colbert-Busch's 1st general election television ad, "Independent"

Democrat Colbert-Busch aired her first general election television advertisement on April 9th 2013, kicking off the imminent airwaves war against former Republican Gov. Mark Sanford.[47]

In the ad, Colbert-Busch speaks directly to camera in the 30-second spot, describing herself as a “single mom with three young children.”[47] She never mentions Sanford in the advertisement, which appears to target female voters.[47] The ad buy cost an estimated for $76,000 and the spot will run from April 9 to April 15 in the Charleston and Savannah broadcast markets, as well as on cable in Charleston.[47]

The Democratic Super PAC, House Majority PAC, took to the airwaves with a TV ad attacking former governor Sanford (R) in the special election, marking the first time an outside group has gone on the air in the race between Sanford and Democrat Colbert-Busch.[48] The group is expected to spend between $400,000 and $600,000 in the election.[49]

Sanford released his first television ad since becoming the Republican nominee, going after Colbert-Busch for her ties to unions.[50] The ad is a departure for Sanford, whose past television spots have been positive and biographical, focused largely on his record as governor and his comeback from the 2009 scandal that nearly cost him his job.[50] According to some reports, the campaign spent just under $100,000 to run the ad on cable and broadcast television in the Charleston and Savannah markets.[50] The South Carolina Republican Party put money into Sanford's campaign for the ad.[50]

House Majority PAC's final ad, "Trust"

Sanford's ad released April 23, 2013, "Voices"

On April 23, 2013, Sanford released a new ad claiming Democrat Colbert-Busch is "fighting for big labor" after accepting union donations.[51] Colbert-Busch, who accepted $5,000 in donations from the Machinists Union and has been endorsed by the state chapter of the labor union AFL-CIO, has said she will make job creation a top priority if elected.[51]

The Machinist Union has defended Colbert Busch, even releasing a statement stating that recent ads and comments to the press by Sanford "provided incorrect information about labor unions, specifically regarding the Boeing facility in North Charleston" and requested that Sanford pull the ads.[51]

According to media reports by multiple news outlets, the Machinists Union filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board in 2011, claiming Boeing's plans to build a plant in right-to-work South Carolina were in retaliation for labor activities at its Washington state plant.[51] The complaint was based on public comments made by a Boeing executive.[51] Ultimately, the high-profile complaint was dropped. The Washington plant continues to operate and a new North Charleston plan was built and is scheduled for expansion that both Sanford and Colbert-Busch have applauded.[51]

The House Majority PAC released its third and final ad of the special election, "Trust."[52] It features lifelong Republican woman – who in the past supported Mark Sanford – describing how deeply Sanford betrayed her trust.[52] “Trust” will air as part of House Majority PAC’s previously announced six-figure buy in this race.[52]

Andy Stone, Communications Director of House Majority PAC released the statement, “Mark Sanford’s record of betrayal to South Carolinians is more than a mile long. The bottom line is that after abandoning the Palmetto State, using taxpayer funds to travel in luxury and for personal purposes and even trespassing in his ex-wife’s home, South Carolina deserves better than Mark Sanford.”[52]

Primary election

Democrat Elizabeth Colbert-Busch's 2nd television ad, "Elizabeth Colbert Busch Knows Jobs"

Republican Mark Sanford's 3rd television ad, "Difference"

In early March 2013, Mark Sanford released his third television ad in his campaign for the House seat.[53] In all, Sanford's campaign spent approximately $170,000 on three TV ads prior to the primary election, according to spokesman Joel Sawyer.[53] In the new ad, Sanford called himself "financially the most conservative governor in America and the "first governor to turn down stimulus money," an effort that failed when South Carolina's Supreme Court ruled the state must accept the $700 million.[53]

On March 15, Democrat Elizabeth Colbert-Busch released her second television ad.[54] The ad focused on her connection to the state and experience creating jobs.[54] She previously launched her first ad on the same day as Sanford's release of his third television ad.[53]


According to a poll released March 26, 2013, by Public Policy Polling, Colbert-Busch and Mark Sanford were neck and neck prior to the runoff primary election.[55] President of Public Policy Polling, Dean Debnam, described the race saying, “The South Carolina special looks like a toss up. The big question is how much Republicans will unify around their nominee after the runoff next week.”[55]

Following the runoff primary and heading into the general election, President of Public Policy Polling, Dean Debnam stated, “Elizabeth Colbert Busch is now looking like a clear favorite in the special election. The only question is whether an extremely unpopular Sanford can find some way to make voters like her even less than him in the next two weeks.”[56]

South Carolina's 1st Congressional District special election
Poll Elizabeth Colbert-Busch Mark SanfordEugene PlattMargin of ErrorSample Size
May 6, 2013
Public Policy Polling
April 19-21, 2013
Public Policy Polling
March 22-24, 2013
AVERAGES 47.67% 44% 3.33% +/-3.8 873.67
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Campaign donors


Former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford raised $334,397 over January and February in his bid for the South Carolina House seat.[57] David Koch, who launched the conservative outside group Americans for Prosperity, gave $2,500 to Sanford’s House campaign. So did Foster Friess, a major back of Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign.[57] In addition to some leftover primary cash from his 1998 House run, Sanford had approximately $364,714 on hand going into March 2013.[57]

Reports circulated in early March that Sanford asked his ex-wife Jenny, even though they have barely spoken since their divorce, to run his congressional campaign.[58] Jenny Sanford ran all of his campaigns while they were married, starting with his first 1994 bid for Congress.[58] Sanford has yet to comment on the accuracy of these reports, but did acknowledge his ex-wife, stating “She was a vital part of every one of my campaigns and did an extraordinary job and therefore is missed.”[58]

Despite Sanford out-raising his primary rivals, some challengers also raised significant funds. Teddy Turner, son of mogul Ted Turner, raised $376,433 — including $245,000 of his own cash — and had $99,178 on hand at the beginning of March 2013.[57] State senator Larry Grooms raised $223,815 and loaned himself $100,000, leaving him with $208,493 on hand.[57] State Rep. Chip Limehouse raised $140,115 and loaned himself $400,000, with reportedly $42,657 on hand.[57] Former state senator John Kuhn raised only $50,103 but lent his campaign $500,000. Beginning March 2013 he had $131,295 on hand.[57]

Democratic candidate Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, sister of comedian Stephen Colbert, raised almost as much as Sanford at $309,559 and has $208,630 on hand.[57]

She has not received any money directly from her brother, but she has received $2,600 from Evelyn McGee and $2,500 from Evelyn Colbert. Stephen Colbert’s wife is Evelyn McGee Colbert. Trevor Potter, the Republican Washington lawyer hired to help Stephen Colbert start a super PAC, also contributed $500 to Colbert-Busch's campaign.[57] Colbert-Busch also reportedly received a $5,000 donation from the leadership PAC of Rep. Jim Clyburn (D), who also hosted a D.C. fundraiser for her in early March.[53]

Republican runoff primary

Sanford outraised his GOP runoff opponent by more than fifteen-to-one during the pre-runoff period, which ran from February 28 to March 13, ending six days before the primary, in which Bostic finished a surprising second in the sixteen-candidate field.[12]

Sanford raised $78,521 in the two-week pre-runoff period and ended with $271,765 in the bank, while Bostic reported a mere $5,205 haul and loaned his own campaign another $50,000. Overall, Bostic loaned his campaign $150,000, and he finished the period with $56,542 on hand.[12]

Since the surprising primary finish, in which the former Charleston city council member became Sanford's main competition, some are indicating that they expect Bostic's fundraising to surge.[12] Since the primary, Bostic's campaign has reported a total raised of just $3,500.[12] Sanford has not yet filed any reports showing money raised after the primary.[12]

Heading into general election

On April 19, 2013, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) filed their independent expenditure report for their ad attacking Mark Sanford, reportedly spending $208,000 on the ad.[59]

Sanford has a slight edge in cash heading into the final days of the heated congressional race in state's 1st District.[60] Reports filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) show Sanford had about $285,000 in his campaign fund as of April 17. His Democratic opponent, Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, had about $255,000.[60] The Colbert-Busch total is expected to grow. Her brother, comedian Stephen Colbert, is planning on visiting Charleston on April 27 for a private fundraising event.[60] For $1,500 a person or $2,600 a couple, patrons get a private dinner, reception and photos with Stephen Colbert.[60]

Sanford raised just $453,343 from the end of February through the middle of April, slightly more than half the $874,065 that Colbert-Busch raised for the same period.[61] Sanford's total includes funds reported in March for the period before the runoff began. This money disparity puts Sanford at a disadvantage, especially since it appears that outside groups will not be coming to help him out.[61]

A week from the general election, the DCCC poured another $215,000 into the race, while House Majority PAC contributed an additional $60,000, as well as $19,000 on mailers.[62][63] However, the House Majority PAC fell short of the $400,000 to $600,000 investment the Washington Post initially reported outside spending was expected to make.[64]


General election

Elizabeth Colbert-Busch

  • After Martin Skelly withdrew from the race, he threw his support behind Colbert-Busch, saying "she inspires both the party faithful and the political center that we need to generate consensus and end gridlock in Congress."[65]
  • The AFL-CIO endorsed her on February 14, 2013, stating "“Elizabeth’s business experience with the maritime industry and Clemson University helps her understand that when labor and management work together everyone wins." Charleston Mayor Joe Riley endorsed her the same day, describing her as a “tireless worker, a self-made woman in a field where there were few women."[66]
  • U.S. Representative James Clyburn endorsed her on February 19, 2013, citing "something unique about Elizabeth’s experiences…She has life experiences to take us to success in the general election."[67]
  • Following the GOP runoff primary on April 2, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand threw her support behind Colbert-Busch, which included the support of her PAC Off the Sidelines.[68] In a statement announcing the endorsement Gillibrand said, "Elizabeth has been off the sidelines and involved in her community for years, having founded the Executive Board of Directors of Charleston Women in International Trade as well as serving as Chair of the Maritime Association Port of Charleston, among other positions. I'm thrilled that this year, Elizabeth has decided to add Congressional candidate to her list of achievements, and with your help, we'll be sending her to Washington, D.C. very soon."[68]

Mark Sanford

  • On April 25, 2013, Ron Paul endorsed Sanford for the 1st District seat. In a fundraising appeal, Paul stated, “Mark Sanford has always been a strong ally of the Liberty Movement. Help him get to Congress. Donate today!”[69]
  • A week prior to the general election, on April 30, 2013, Rand Paul announced his endorsement of Sanford.[70] In a statement released by Sanford's campaign, Paul stated, "More than anything, Washington needs strong and consistent voices for fiscal responsibility and liberty. Mark has proven during his time in office that watching out for taxpayers and holding the line on spending are his top priorities...What we absolutely cannot afford is someone like his opponent, who will be yet another vote for a return to the Pelosi speakership, for disastrous programs like Obamacare, and for more spending and debt."[70] The endorsement comes as a move that could help Sanford regain his footing in the race and improve Paul's standing in the early-voting presidential state.[70]
  • Also on May 1st, former Rep. Tim Scott endorsed Mark Sanford for his former seat. Until January, Scott represented the 1st District giving his endorsement extra significance.[74] The popular conservative was appointed by Gov. Nikki Haley to finish out Jim DeMint’s Senate term.[74] In the endorsement Scott stated, "On all the most important issues facing our state and country, from dealing with our dangerous levels of debt, to repealing or resisting the government health-care takeover, to standing up for Charleston jobs against the NLRB, 1st District voters have a stark choice. Mark Sanford is hands down better on all of those issues, and that’s why I believe he merits support.”[75]

Republican primary runoff

Former South Carolina state senator John Kuhn announced after the primary on March 19th that he planned to endorse Bostic in the April 2 runoff election against Sanford for the Republican nomination.[76] Kuhn, who finished sixth in a field of 16 contenders, said he’d work hard to help Bostic win.[76] Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum announced his Patriot Voices political action committee would back Bostic, and they are expected to campaign together.[77]

Sanford received endorsements from six of the former Republican primary candidates for the 1st Congressional District.[77]

District history

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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.[78]

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

See also

External links


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