In a surprise move, the Working Families Party announced that it had found a new candidate for the November Congressional ballot. Rob Groce of Summerville will officially enter the race on Wednesday.
The third party usually endorses the likely Democratic candidate, providing an additional line on the ballot to collect more votes.
In the 1st District race, Working Families had endorsed Robert Burton, the Mt. Pleasant Democrat who lost in the June Primary to Ben Frasier. A Maryland businessman who has run in the primary several times before, Frasier has frustrated party insiders worried about his claims that he is a South Carolina resident.
After losing the primary, Burton was removed from the November ballot by state law. But Working Families has taken the unusual step of finding a replacement to challenge the Democrat and, more importantly, Republican Tim Scott, who is heavily favored to win the seat.
"Following the Democratic primary election, many active Democrats in the area told me they don't find Frasier to be representative of the Democratic Party," Groce said in a statement. "And following the GOP runoff, I was contacted by many Republicans, too, who say they don't find Tim Scott to represent traditional Republican values."