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The Republican Liberty Caucus of South Carolina conducted a straw poll at a debate held Thursday evening in North Charleston sponsored by the Republican Liberty Caucus, Patch, and the South Carolina Radio Network. The debate featured all Republican candidates except Curtis Bostic and was moderated by a panel led by South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis.

The straw poll results were as follows:

There were 127 votes total

1. Ray Nash – 27 Votes (21%)
2. Mark Sanford – 20 Votes (16%)
3. Larry Grooms – 16 Votes (13%)
4. Tim Larkin – 15 Votes (12%)
5. Jonathan Hoffman – 9 Votes (7%)
6. John Kuhn – 6 Votes (5%)
6. Chip Limehouse – 6 Votes (5%)
6. Peter McCoy – 6 Votes (5%)
9. Teddy Turner – 5 Votes (4%)
10. Keith Blandford – 4 Votes (3%)
11. Ric Bryant – 3 Votes (2%)
11. Jeff King – 3 Votes (2%)
11. Elizabeth Moffly – 3 Votes (2%)
11. Andy Patrick – 3 Votes (2%)
15. Shawn Pinkston – 1 Vote (<1%)
16. Curtis Bostic – 0 Votes (0%)*

*Bostic was listed on the ballot even though he did not attend.

Poll demographics:

Of those who indicated whom they voted for in 2012, 33% voted for Mitt Romney, 28% for Ron Paul, 26% for Newt Gingrich, and 13% for Rick Santorum.

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