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Grooms Concedes, But Recount Set In 1st District

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State Sen. Larry Grooms has conceded in the GOP primary in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District, but a recount of the votes to officially determine the second-place finisher in the crowded field will go on. State Sen. Larry Grooms has conceded in the GOP primary in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District, but a recount of the votes to officially determine the second-place finisher in the crowded field will go on.

 

Updated: March 20, 2013

State Sen. Larry Grooms has conceded in the GOP primary in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District, but a recount of the votes to officially determine the second-place finisher in the crowded field will go on.

Grooms lost by just under 500 votes on Tuesday to Curtis Bostic for second place behind the top vote-getter, former Gov. Mark Sanford.

The margin between Bostic and Grooms was less than 1 percent, so a recount is required by state law.

Grooms could write the State Election Commission asking the recount be waived. And while he says it's unlikely he will gain 500 votes, he says all the votes need to be counted in case there were any errors.

The state GOP has scheduled a debate between Bostic and Sanford next week in Charleston.

Posted: March 19, 2013

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has advanced to a runoff in the Republican contest for an open congressional seat along the state's south coast.

Meanwhile, the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert has won the Democratic primary for the seat. Elizabeth Colbert Bush on Tuesday handily defeated perennial candidate Ben Frasier and will face the winner of the crowded GOP primary in the May 7 general election.

In early returns on Tuesday evening, it was unclear who Sanford would face in the April 2nd GOP runoff. Fifteen other Republicans were running including Teddy Turner, the son of media mogul Ted Turner.

Tuesday was Sanford's first political race since disappearing while governor in 2009 and then returning to admit an affair with an Argentine woman. They are now engaged.

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