Famous names in SC 1st District GOP primary

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) - Two candidates with well-known political names are running in next month's GOP primary in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District.

Paul Thurmond is the son of the late U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond while Carroll Campbell III is son of the late Gov. Carroll Campbell.

Some voters say the names won't mean a lot in the race for the seat now held by U.S. Rep. Henry Brown.

But College of Charleston political scientist Jeri Cabot says the names are important, especially if they help the candidates reach a runoff.

There's little doubt there will be a runoff with nine Republicans running. Brown won a runoff after a six-way primary in 2000 while Gov. Mark Sanford, in his first political race, won the seat in 1994 after a seven-way GOP primary.

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