SC-1 bonanza at-a-glance 

And it's not over yet

Remember that time when 16 people were running for the Republican Party nomination for the same office? Fun times. Well, now that it’s over, you can say what you will about the candidates in the back of the pack in the 1st District Republican Primary. If just one of the dozen or so candidates who earned less than one percent of the vote had not run, Mark Sanford would probably be facing a different run-off opponent.

In the end, it’s Sanford (36.9 percent of the vote) vs. his unlikely and underestimated opponent Curtis Bostic (13 percent) who will face off in the April 2 runoff to set the GOP slate for the May 7 special election to determine who our next congressman will be. Larry Grooms and Teddy Turner came in next with 12.4 and 7.9 percent, respectively.

As expected, their Democratic challenger Elizabeth Colbert Busch defeated her only primary opponent, perennial candidate Ben Frasier, earning nearly 97 percent of the votes cast.

This week, we take a look at a couple unexamined aspects of the SC-1 election, which brought us an expensive six-week media blitz, mudslinging from West Ashley to Mt. P, and an 18-candidate field. And it’s not even over yet. (We don’t mean to pick on Rep. Limehouse — we wanted to highlight the wild ride that was the SC-1 primary, and his stats happened to stand out from the others.)

Campaign donor word clouds

The larger the word, the more frequently it appeared on the candidate's most recent FEC report.

Mark Sanford

Teddy Turner

Elizabeth Colbert Busch

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