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Sanford Bostic Debate Ahead Of Tuesday Runoff

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CHARLESTON, S.C. -

Thursday night ahead off a May 7th Republican runoff, candidates Mark Sanford and Curtis Bostic took to the debate stage. They're both vying for a South Carolina open congressional seat left vacant by Tim Scott.

  

Sanford and Bostic were the top two vote getters among 16 republicans who first competed for the party nomination in a March 19th election.

  

The gloves came off Thursday night as they both told voters why they should be nominated. During the debate, Former Charleston County Council member Curtis Bostic said that "a compromised candidate is not what we need" in the race against Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Bush, the sister of political satirist Stephen Colbert.

  

Former Governor Mark Sanford disappeared from South Carolina in 2009, telling his staff he was hiking on the Appalachian Trail, only to return to reveal he was having an extramarital affair with an Argentine woman to whom he is now engaged.

Sanford acknowledged he "failed very publically" but said he has done a lot of soul searching since then. He added, "Not since Jesus Christ was here has there been a perfect man or woman."

Sanford and Bostic will face each other Tuesday in a GOP primary runoff with the winner challenging Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Bush.

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