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Runoff set in SC 1st Congressional District race

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BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) -

Larry Grooms has conceded from the First Congressional District Republican primary race. Grooms and Curtis Bostic were less than one percent apart in votes, forcing an automatic recount.

Grooms received 6,656 votes. Bostic received 7,149 votes.

Even though Grooms backed out, there will still be a recount. State law requires a recount if the voters are that close. But it looks like Bostic will be going to the runoff with Mark Sanford.

Out of the 16 Republicans running last night, Sanford won the most votes with 19,812.

"I think what the voters looked at was how I have been a steward for the tax payers and watching out for their pocket books and wallets," said Sanford.

The results won't be officials until the state's election commission certify them on Friday. Some voters are questioning how Bostic is able to run in this race when he doesn't technically live in the first district.

"I believe living where we do, about 4,500 feet from the district line, actually makes us more connected to the voters. My work is here, my doctor is here, our shopping is here, our church is here, and our friends are here," said Bostic.

Election officials say candidates running in federal races aren't required to live within district lines, they just have to live in the state.

Bostic believes he has a pretty good chance of beating Sanford, despite the lack of name recognition.

The winner of the runoff will then face Elizabeth Colber-Busch for the general election in May. Colbert-Busch received 15,776 votes for the democrats last night.

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