On Tuesday, former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford faces another potential speed bump on his road to redemption when voters choose between him and former Charleston County Council member Curtis Bostic for the Republican nomination in the state's 1st Congressional District.
Sanford is considered the heavy favorite in Tuesday's special primary runoff election, having outraised Bostic by more than 15-1 in the weeks leading up to the March 19 primary. That cash advantage has allowed Sanford to blanket the airwaves with ads touting his fiscal responsibility, while Bostic has been forced to run a much leaner campaign.
But given the unpredictability of turnout for a special election — especially a runoff that comes just two days after Easter Sunday — and the fervency of support Bostic enjoys in the evangelical and home school communities, the former county council member could pull off another surprise victory.
Sanford defeated 15 candidates in the Republican primary election just two weeks ago, but he failed to top 50 percent of the vote, forcing a runoff with Bostic, the second-place finisher. Sanford received 37 percent of the vote to Bostic's 13 percent. Six of the other candidates, who brought in a total of just over 7 percent of the vote, have since backed Sanford, while only one, former state Sen. John Kuhn, who received 6.5 percent of the vote and reportedly had a terrible relationship with Sanford while in the state Senate, has lined up behind Bostic.