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Scott, Thurmond make last-minute push for votes

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MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - First Congressional District candidates Tim Scott and Paul Thurmond are making a last-minute push to get voter support for Tuesday's GOP runoff election.

Both opponents are trying to reach out to as many voters as possible. Scott greeted voters at the Mount Pleasant Towne Centre on Monday.

"I have a proven record of doing what I say that I'm going to do," Scott said. "The promises that I've made are the promises that I'm keeping. Ultimately if you want someone who's done it and will continue to do it from the most conservative standpoint, I'm your guy."

Thurmond met his supporters at the East Cooper Republican Club lunch.

"Get out to the polls and go and vote!" Thurmond said. "I hope you see my passion, energy, determination, courage, and leadership. I hope you'll get out to the polls, and I hope you'll give me a chance. Let me get up there and work for you."

Both candidates say they will fight for fiscal conservatism in Washington, but a big difference between the two is the use of earmarks, the approval of money for certain programs, attached to a piece of legislation. Scott says there is no transparency or accountability in the practice.

"In the one area where transparency is an absolute necessity, my opponent wants none, the earmark part of it," Scott said. "Earmark buys are a down payment on higher government spending. We have to have transparency if we're going to spend the taxpayer's dollars."

Thurmond says there is a way to appropriately fund certain programs, like money earmarked to dredge waterways to the Port of Charleston.

"If it's not in the original appropriations, we've got to have someone going up there to Washington asking for it," Thurmond said. "This is a distinction and one that isn't easy. Keep in mind all earmarks equate to 1% of the budget, that's not the main focus. We have other issues that have to be addressed."

Scott and Thurmond once served together on the Charleston County Council. Scott is in the insurance business and he is a State House Representative. Thurmond is an attorney and is on the Charleston County Council.

In the GOP primary, Scott was the top vote-getter with 31 percent of voter support. Thurmond had 16 percent of the vote followed by Carroll Campbell and Larry Kobrovsky. Campbell and Kobrovsky have since endorsed Thurmond for the seat.

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