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SC-1: Poll Positions

The crowded Republican race for South Carolina’s first congressional district has boiled down to a battle between five candidates, sources who polled the Lowcountry district earlier this week tell FITS. S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford is still the top choice of most first district primary voters – although his support has…

2012 GOP Race

The crowded Republican race for South Carolina’s first congressional district has boiled down to a battle between five candidates, sources who polled the Lowcountry district earlier this week tell FITS.

S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford is still the top choice of most first district primary voters – although his support has dropped in recent weeks from the “mid-thirties to the mid-twenties,” one source told us.

“His ‘forgiveness’ ad did not do him any favors,” the source added, referring to Sanford’s initial television spot.

The candidate on the move? Trial lawyer Curtis Bostic – who doesn’t even live in the district (and has some serious questions to answer for as it relates to his involvement with a “Christian” adoption service).

Nonetheless, Bostic has reportedly climbed to the “upper teens” in the first district race due to his diligent grassroots outreach efforts.

Right behind him? Teddy Turner – son of liberal media mogul Ted Turner. And nipping at Turner’s heels? Fiscally conservative S.C. Sen. Larry Grooms – the candidate this website is likely to endorse.

The pollsters told us the other eleven candidates in this race – including well-known Charleston, S.C. lawmaker Chip “Fat Boy” Limehouse – were polling in single digits.

It didn’t take long for political operatives affiliated with various candidates in the race to blast the poll’s findings.

“There’s no way Limehouse is in fifth place in this race,” one strategist affiliated with another campaign told FITS.

Even Limehouse’s enemies agreed with that assessment.

“(Limehouse is) higher than single digits based on his name identification alone,” the consultant told us, adding that they “hate Limehouse.”

Which isn’t hard to do …

Anyway assuming Limehouse is in the top tier of candidates, we’re basically looking at a five-person fight for the GOP nomination. More specifically, we’re likely looking at a four-person fight for an April runoff election against Sanford.

Sixteen candidates are seeking the GOP nomination for the first district seat vacated earlier this year by newly appointed U.S. Sen. Tim Scott. Assuming no candidate receives more than fifty percent of the vote in March 19’s special primary election (a virtual certainty at this point), the top two vote getters will square off two weeks later in a runoff.

The winner of that battle will face Democrat Elizabeth Colbert-Busch in May.

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28 comments

vicupstate March 6, 2013 at 10:11 am

Special elections are notoriously difficult to poll accurately. Take a pound of salt with any of them.

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vicupstate March 6, 2013 at 10:11 am

Special elections are notoriously difficult to poll accurately. Take a pound of salt with any of them.

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jimlewisowb March 6, 2013 at 10:12 am

Voters in the greater Charleston Area are infamous for their due diligence in electing candidates with a known track record:

Sanford is a known liar
Sanford is a known cheat
Sanford is a known adulterer
Sanford is a known double dealer
Sanford is a known cheapskate

Sanford will be elected

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Squishy123 March 6, 2013 at 10:17 am

He’s still better than the other choices.

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capitol Fly March 6, 2013 at 10:37 am

Sanford is a whale turd!
Nothing is lower, other than maybe Richard Eckstrom!

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Patrick McGinnis March 6, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Really? The ‘best choice’ is a philandering adulterer, who lied to his wife and the people of South Carolina. The man is a national joke and an embarrassment to South Carolina. We can’t come up with anyone less ridiculous to represent South Carolina?

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SayWhat2u March 6, 2013 at 6:06 pm

People of SC-1 read the NY Mag article and pick up on
the nuances of Sanford’s malignant narcissism. That “introspective
streak” the author mentions is really just a brooding, inner paranoia. A
narcissist also learns to pick up on social cues by faking or imitating
“normal” to get something back (your vote.) The tears, the
seeming vulnerability are real but they’re for him, and all to garner your
sympathy. From all the psycho-babble, he knows his lack of empathy is a trademark of his disorder, so he now advises us that he has a new appreciation of and sensitivity for it. Wrong! Look at his RECENT actions toward his family even after his “inner journey.” He will always be a user/manipulator:
frugal with his dollars but not yours as he conducts his affairs, repeatedly
asking his wife to reconcile while still seeing his mistress, asking his
ex-wife to help him secure his future (with the absent fiancee) by getting him elected (he is so magnanimous), placing his sons and former wife in an awkward position of implied endorsement for this congressional bid, rationalizing infidelity because of the “business marriage” that he orchestrated (after his ex-wife birthed 4 babies, managed campaigns, career, and family) Would you act in this careless and cruel manner? If so, Sanford’s your man.

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Mike at the Beach March 7, 2013 at 8:49 am

That’s some good, high-quality armchair analysis right there…

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jimlewisowb March 6, 2013 at 10:12 am

Voters in the greater Charleston Area are infamous for their due diligence in electing candidates with a known track record:

Sanford is a known liar
Sanford is a known cheat
Sanford is a known adulterer
Sanford is a known double dealer
Sanford is a known cheapskate

Sanford will be elected

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Squishy123 March 6, 2013 at 10:17 am

He’s still better than the other choices.

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capitol Fly March 6, 2013 at 10:37 am

Sanford is a whale turd!
Nothing is lower, other than maybe Richard Eckstrom!

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PMM March 6, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Really? The ‘best choice’ is a philandering adulterer, who lied to his wife and the people of South Carolina. The man is a national joke and an embarrassment to South Carolina. We can’t come up with anyone less ridiculous to represent South Carolina?

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SayWhat2u March 6, 2013 at 6:06 pm

People of SC-1 read the NY Mag article and pick up on
the nuances of Sanford’s malignant narcissism. That “introspective
streak” the author mentions is really just a brooding, inner paranoia. A
narcissist also learns to pick up on social cues by faking or imitating
“normal” to get something back (your vote.) The tears, the
seeming vulnerability are real but they’re for him, and all to garner your
sympathy. From all the psycho-babble, he knows his lack of empathy is a trademark of his disorder, so he now advises us that he has a new appreciation of and sensitivity for it. Wrong! Look at his RECENT actions toward his family even after his “inner journey.” He will always be a user/manipulator:
frugal with his dollars but not yours as he conducts his affairs, repeatedly
asking his wife to reconcile while still seeing his mistress, asking his
ex-wife to help him secure his future (with the absent fiancee) by getting him elected (he is so magnanimous), placing his sons and former wife in an awkward position of implied endorsement for this congressional bid, rationalizing infidelity because of the “business marriage” that he orchestrated (after his ex-wife birthed 4 babies, managed campaigns, career, and family) Would you act in this careless and cruel manner? If so, Sanford’s your man.

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Mike at the Beach March 7, 2013 at 8:49 am

That’s some good, high-quality armchair analysis right there…

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Curtis B March 6, 2013 at 11:02 am

This poll is crap. There is NO WAY Bostic has that much support.

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silly March 6, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Heard it straight from one of the more prominent candidates that Bostic is the dark horse in this race. He’s working the “large” non-denominational churches very hard.

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Curtis B March 6, 2013 at 11:02 am

This poll is crap. There is NO WAY Bostic has that much support.

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silly March 6, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Heard it straight from one of the more prominent candidates that Bostic is the dark horse in this race. He’s working the “large” non-denominational churches very hard.

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batshitcrazy March 6, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Where’s the rabid Kuhn dog???

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batshitcrazy March 6, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Where’s the rabid Kuhn dog???

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beepbeep March 6, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Odd..at a straw poll yesterday at the Summerville 9/12 Bostic received ZERO votes, along with six other candidates. Hmm.

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Dan R March 6, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Hahahaha 9/12 is a joke.

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beepbeep March 6, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Odd..at a straw poll yesterday at the Summerville 9/12 Bostic received ZERO votes, along with six other candidates. Hmm.

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Dan R March 6, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Hahahaha 9/12 is a joke.

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Bibby March 6, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Yeah at that straw poll Ray Nash came in first with 16 votes! Second was Grooms with 9 and Sanfraud with 6.

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Bibby March 6, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Yeah at that straw poll Ray Nash came in first with 16 votes! Second was Grooms with 9 and Sanfraud with 6.

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MJ March 7, 2013 at 9:13 am

My yardstick for a candidate is pretty straight forward. Who among them would stand up for the Constitution the way Sen Rand Paul did yesterday. Currently that list is two names long.

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MJ March 7, 2013 at 9:13 am

My yardstick for a candidate is pretty straight forward. Who among them would stand up for the Constitution the way Sen Rand Paul did yesterday. Currently that list is two names long.

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