Desperate to revive his flagging U.S. congressional bid, rotund “Republican” Chip Limehouse (RINO-Charleston) pumped a whopping $200,025 into his campaign on March 7, according to federal campaign documents.

Take a look … (.pdf)

This hefty sum (from a hefty candidate) comes on top of the $400,000 Limehouse has already blown on this race – all to secure what’s shaping up to be a disappointing fifth or sixth place finish in this crowded field.

Limehouse dropped this massive wad of cash in a “very sneaky” way, we’re told – filing it on the same day candidates were submitting their official pre-primary reports. Of course Limehouse didn’t include the contribution in that filing (knowing reporters were scouring those forms), he chose to include it in a separate 48-hour disclosure form (within the last twelve days of an election, federal law requires a campaign to disclose of contributions of $1,000 or more within 48 hours).

“Everyone was paying attention to the big reports,” one veteran fundraiser told FITS.

Limehouse isn’t the only one dropping late money into the race.

Trial attorney Curtis Bostic loaned his campaign an additional $50,000, while Teddy Turner – son of liberal media mogul Ted Turner – pumped another $30,000 into his bid. Along with S.C. Sen. Larry Grooms (R-Berkeley), Bostic and Turner are vying for the No. 2 position in the March 19 race – and the right to go head-to-head with S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford on April 2.

In South Carolina if no candidate receives 50 percent of the vote in a primary election, a runoff is held two weeks later.