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GOP runoff narrows

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – The political spotlight is back on former Gov. Mark Sanford, but his next runoff will be against Curtis Bostic.

On Wednesday, third place candidate state Sen. Larry Grooms dropped out of the GOP Congressional District 1 race. Sanford failed to win more than 50 percent of Tuesday which forced the runoff against the former Charleston county councilman.

College of Charleston political science department chair Gibbs Knotts says Sanford's win didn't come as a surprise.

"He got unbelievable name recognition, and has a record of fiscal conservatism. There's been some research that shows that political scandals don't hurt as bad we think they do," he said.

Knotts says Bostic ran a smart campaign.

"While all these other candidates were spending money on TV ads and showing up at forums Bostic was building a base and getting people to turn out," he said.

There will still be a recount of all votes on Friday by the state election commission.

Charleston County Election Board Director Joseph Debney says everyone can vote in the GOP runoff, even if they did not vote in Tuesday's primary.

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