UPDATED: Who's Running For SC1

Crowded field expected to compete for the right to succeed Tim Scott.

January 25, 3:00 p.m.

Sen. Tom Davis endorsed Mark Sanford.

Rep. Peter McCoy confirmed his entry into the race.

January 24, 7:00 p.m.

Charleston small businessman owner Jonathan Hoffman announced his intention to run for the SC1 seat as did Tim Larkin and Keith Blandford. That brings the total number of candidates in the race to 17, 14 Republicans and 3 Democrats. Here they are:


  • Charleston County School Board Trustee Elizabeth Moffly
  • Sen. Larry Grooms (R-37)
  • Rep. Andy Patrick (R-123)
  • Rep. Peter McCoy (R-115)
  • Rep. Chip Limehouse (R-110)
  • Former Dorchester Co. Sheriff Ray Nash
  • Former Charleston County Councilman Curtis Bostic


  • Bobbie Rose (D)
  • Martin Skelly (D)
  • Elizabeth Colbert-Busch (D)


January 22, 11:45 a.m.

Teddy Turner has his first ad up. What do you think?


January 21, 4:00 p.m.

Andy Patrick made it official. He announced his intention to run for the open SC1 seat last night in Bluffton.


January 19, 3:30 p.m.

Rep. Chip Limehouse has a bit of a website problem.


Jan. 18, 5:00 p.m.

Former Gov. Mark Sanford apologized for comparing himself to a Wounded Warrior.

Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, sister to comedian Stephen Colbert, confirmed that she will run as a Democrat and file her papers next week.

Businessman Martin Skelly announced his entry into the race as a Democrat.


Jan. 17, 5:30 p.m.

Larry Grooms made it official. He formally entered the race for SC1 on Thursday afternoon.


Jan. 16, 6:00 p.m.

In his first interviews since announcing his entry into the race Mark Sanford compared himself to a "Wounded Warrior."                                                       

WCSC said Charleston County School Board member Elizabeth Moffly will also enter the race.


Jan. 15, 4:30 p.m.

Mark Sanford confirmed that the many media reports about his candidacy for SC1 are true.

Sen. Larry Grooms will announce his candidacy on Thursday the 17th at 3 p.m.


Jan. 15, 2:35 p.m.

Former Dorchester Sheriff Ray Nash announced plans to enter the race on the Republican side.


Jan. 14, 11:00 p.m.

Bobbie Rose announced her candidacy for the open Congressional seat. She's the first Democrat to officially join the race.


Jan. 9, 4:30 p.m.

S.C. Rep. Chip Limehouse, R-Mount Pleasant, is in the race. It's the same seat his father sought unsuccessfully 12 years ago.


Jan. 9, 12:30 p.m.

Not everyone is enthusiastic about Mark Sanford's pending entry into the race...


Jan. 7, 7:15 p.m.

Beaufort County Democratic Party Chair Blaine Lotz announced today that he would not seek his party's nomination for the First Congressional seat. Thus far no Democrats have declared their interest in the race.


Jan. 7, 2:50 p.m.

The National Review is reporting that Mark Sanford will speak at the Hilton Head First Monday Club on Feb. 4, which is nearly a week after the filing date closes for the SC1 race.

The location has a special resonance for Sanford as he announced his candidacy for governor there in 2002.

See National Review story here.


From the moment Tim Scott was rumored to be among the frontrunners to replace Jim DeMint in the US Senate, speculation has been rampant about who would run to fill the open congressional seat. Some important dates:

  • Jan. 18 - Filing period opens and ends at noon on Jan. 28.
  • Feb. 16 - Last day to register to vote in primary.
  • April 6 - Last day to register to vote in general election.
  • March 19 - Primary Election Day.
  • April 2 - Run-off from primary. Top two finishers from primary in the event no one candidate receives 50 percent plus one of the total vote.
  • May 7 - General Election Day.

Who’s Likely Running:

  • Wendell Gilliard (D-111)
  • Robert Burton (Democrat who ran unsuccessfully for SC1 in 2010)

Who’s Not Running:

  • Sen. Paul Thurmond (R-41)
  • Sen. Chip Campsen (R-43)
  • Rep. Leon Stavrinakis (D-119)
  • Charleston County Councilman Elliott Summey
  • Blaine Lotz (D)

Who's Been Rumored:

  • Rep. Jim Merrill
  • Former Chief of Staff to Tim Scott, Joe McKeown
  • Carroll "Tumpy" Campbell
  • Mike Seekings
  • Larry Kabrovsky
  • Mark Lutz
  • Ken Glasson
  • Keith Blandford
  • Jay Byars

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Richard Hayes January 24, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Why have you not done an article on those three great Democratic candidates??? One will be our next Congresswoman!
Lindsay Street January 24, 2013 at 09:53 PM
Richard, there's articles for Bobbie Rose (http://summerville.patch.com/articles/bobbie-rose-to-seek-congressional-seat), Martin Skelly (http://mountpleasant-sc.patch.com/articles/businessman-martin-skelly-enters-congressional-race) and Elizabeth Colbert-Busch (http://westashley.patch.com/articles/is-running-for-congress) This is just a page to keep everyone up to date on who's running. There are links associated with the names that jump to the stories.
5 War Veteran January 27, 2013 at 09:04 PM
If you actively and truly support the US Constitution I will consider you, if you have loose morals and back room dealings I will expose you. If you forget who you work for I will make sure you are forgotten. Every "democracy" has in time led to genocide. A democrat in office signs drone attacks that have killed hundreds of children in Pakistan. The two party system is a deception and a lie. Give the people a choice between two negative things and they will still choose. Both which support the corporate Elite. Two sides of the same coin. Keep it in your pants, listen to the real people, do what the people ask, Avoid excessive government and needless/useless legislation. Do what is best for the people and not what you "think or assume" is best for the people. Read every bill and know the subject you are supporting. Listen, ask questions and be willing to learn.
Richard Hayes January 28, 2013 at 02:04 AM
Why do you show the GREAT Democratic Candidates at the bottom??? I assure you one of them will be our next Congresswoman!!


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