Sanford wins GOP nomination for his old House seat

Sanford wins GOP nomination for his old House seat
Sanford embracing his fiancee Maria Belen Tuesday night.
Sanford embracing his fiancee Maria Belen Tuesday night.
Bostic takes the podium Tuesday night and congratulates Sanford.
Bostic takes the podium Tuesday night and congratulates Sanford.

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Former Governor Mark Sanford has won the 1st Congressional District primary runoff against former Charleston County Councilman Curtis Bostic, according to the Associated Press.

With 78 percent of precincts reporting, Sanford had about 58 percent of the vote to 41 percent for Bostic.

"It's been an incredibly long journey," Sanford said Tuesday night. "In that journey, I am humbled and I am thankful to find ourselves here tonight."

Maria Belen Chapur, Sanford's fiancee, made a surprise appearance and stood by Sanford's side as he addressed his supporters.

Sanford will take on Democratic primary winner Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of Stephen Colbert, for Tim Scott's vacant Congressional seat in May.

"I am also frankly energized by the prospect of carrying these messages that this campaign has been based on...for the general election and into Washington D.C.," Sanford said.

"I look forward to a vigorous campaign that focuses on creating jobs, balancing our country's budget and choosing an independent-minded leader who shares the values of the great people of South Carolina," Elizabeth Colbert Busch said in a statement released Tuesday night. "As a businesswoman, I will use my experience to cut waste in Washington, lower tax rates so small businesses can create jobs and do the people of South Carolina proud as their representative."

Sanford is expected to be on Live 5 News at 6 a.m. on Wednesday.

Current results are below:

US House of Representatives District 1 - REP    
4 of 5 counties reporting Percent Votes
Curtis Bostic 43% 19,944
Mark Sanford 57% 25,978

Sanford handily won the crowded primary two weeks ago, and Bostic squeezed in just ahead of the runner-up, Larry Grooms. Bostic's day kicked off in Mt. Pleasant with visits at Moultrie Middle School and Boulevard Diner.

He then headed over to Daniel Island to meet with students at the elementary school. Bostic made stops in Summerville and West Ashley and made one last stop at James Island Charter High School before heading to his campaign office.

Meanwhile, Sanford's day started at the Early Bird Diner in West Ashley before he went to Mt. Pleasant for a stop at Charleston's Cafe on Johnnie Dodds Boulevard. Sanford voted at 75 Calhoun Street at 10 a.m.

He spent the rest of the day spending time with friends and family before going to Sticky Fingers in Mt. Pleasant, one of his old watch party haunts, to wrap things up. Bostic's watch party will be held at his campaign office on Wappoo Road.

Bostic did not vote because he does not live in the district.

Copyright 2013 WCSC. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.