Grooms concedes, GOP says Bostic to debate Sanford

Curtis Bostic and his wife at Tuesday night's watch party (Brandon Geier/WCIV)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The Charleston County GOP has released information on who is scheduled to debate Mark Sanford in the upcoming debate.

The debate was originally scheduled for March 14 but was rescheduled for March 28 at Porter Gaud school in Charleston - five days before the primary runoff.

The new plan called for a debate between the two top Republican vote-getters who will then head for the runoff on April 2.

Mark Sanford was the first to advance in the Republican primary, the Associated Press{}declared shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Former Charleston County councilman Curtis Bostic holds a slim lead over state Sen. Larry Grooms for second place. But the margin is so narrow, less than one percent, that a recount was scheduled for March 22.

Around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, Larry Grooms conceded on his Facebook page.

"By a voting margin of less than 1%, my plans to represent South Carolina's 1st Congressional District ended last night. In 1 Thessalonians 5, we learn to give thanks in all things. While there is great disappointment for coming so very close in such an incredibly difficult election, there is cause to give thanks and rejoice. My family, friends, supporters and volunteers sacrificed more for me than I will ever be able to repay. The kindness and generosity of those who believe in my fight for freedom and liberty is overwhelming and I am truly grateful. I am truly a blessed man."

Meanwhile, the Charleston County GOP moved forward with the debate plans pitting Bostic against Sanford on March 28.

General Admission tickets to the debate are only $10 and can be purchased by clicking here.

If you want to attend a Pre-Debate Reception, you can do so for $100. That includes two tickets to the pre-debate reception, and two reserved floor seats for the debate.

There's also an after party. For $250 you get two tickets to the pre-debate reception, two tickets to the post-debate reception and two reserved floor seats for the debate.