In the race to replace now-Senator Tim Scott’s vacated House seat, Republicans Curtis Bostic and Mark Sanford are facing off in the runoff election preceding the May 7 special election.

The date for the runoff election is April 2, just one week away, and occurs when no candidate in the primary receives more than 50 percent of the vote. Sanford received 37 percent of the primary vote and Bostic received 13 percent, among a field of 16 Republican candidates. The winner of the runoff election will face Democrat nominee Elizabeth Colbert Busch, sister to comedian Stephen Colbert.

Our position on Sanford?  Just say No.

Today former Republican candidate for President Rick Santorum announced his endorsement of Bostic, who is a former Charleston County council member and Marine Corps veteran.

Robert Stacy McCain reports:

A newly released Public Policy Polling survey shows the SC-1 race surprisingly close, in part because voters “continue to strongly dislike Sanford,” who was censured by the legislature for ethics violations related to the former governor’s affair with an Argentine woman.

In a conference call with bloggers last week, Bostic described himself as a “constitutional conservative” and said his campaign has “strong evangelical support.” The endorsement by Santorum, a devout pro-life Catholic, can be expected to energize Bostic social conservative supporters.

As McCain also reports, the usual South Carolina suspects who falsely accused Nikki Haley of having an affair are backing Sanford.  That’s mighty rich.

Santorum, whose brother lives on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, will be traveling to the state Wednesday as part of his show of support.

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