Sanford, Bostic prepare for Tuesday's runoff election

Preparations were being made at the Board of Elections in North Charleston on Monday (Source: Dave MacQueen/WCIV)

By Sonya

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Final preparations were being made at the Board of Elections headquarters in North Charleston Monday while Mark Sanford and Curtis Bostic were putting the final touches on their runoff campaigns.

"You sort of push hard and you do all you can do and then you wait for the voters verdict so we are hopeful and the energy has been good," said former Gov. Mark Sanford.

"We are meeting voters encouraging them in our positions making sure they understand how strong we fiscally conservatively are and encouraging them to get out to the polls," said fellow GOP candidate Curtis Bostic.

It's a message echoed by Joseph Debney, the director of elections in Charleston County. He says he is aware that voter turnout is typically low for runoffs.

"We are hoping that a lot of people do come out and vote because that is what we try to encourage no matter who you come out and vote for," said Debney.

Voters in Hilton Head got a final look at the two candidates during an afternoon debate. Come Tuesday night, there will only be one man standing.

"We are trying to raise our voters that will go out tomorrow and vote and we began this whole race with the idea that we could build relationships with people and push it through a grassroots campaign," said Bostic.

"It's been a marvelous experience and its been an incredibly humbling experience just to be out and in the arena -- it's just a blessing to have even been in the race," said Sanford.

All voters are eligible to vote Tuesday, except for those who voted in the Democratic primary two weeks ago. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The winner of Tuesday's runoff will face Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch and Green Party candidate Eugene Platt in the May 7 special election.