19 candidates to take part in District 1 special election

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) - Sixteen Republican and three Democratic candidates have filed in the special election for South Carolina's 1st U.S. Congressional District.

      The candidates will meet in the March 19 Republican primary. A runoff will be held on April 2, if it's necessary, and the general election is slated for May 7.

      "We have a strong field of candidates to replace our Republican rockstar, Sen. Tim Scott. After all votes are cast, our party will stand united behind the primary winner. I have no doubt that a South Carolina Republican will continue to represent the 1st district in Congress," said SCGOP Chairman Chad Connelly.

      Republican candidates filing for the 1st Congressional District:

      Keith Blanford

      Curtis Bostic

      Ric Bryant

      Larry Grooms

      Jonathan Hoffman

      Jeff King

      John Kuhn

      Tim Larkin

      Chip Limehouse

      Peter McCoy

      Elizabeth Moffly

      Ray Nash

      Andy Patrick

      Shawn Pinkston

      Mark Sanford

      Teddy Turner

      Democratic candidates filing for the 1st Congressional District:

      Elizabeth Colbert-Busch

      Ben Frasier

      Martin Skelly