Rick Santorum to stump for Mark Sanford’s opponent

Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Tuesday endorsed Curtis Bostic's underdog bid against former governor Mark Sanford in South Carolina's 1st district Republican runoff campaign.

"I’m pleased to announce our endorsement of Curtis Bostic in South Carolina’s first congressional district," Santorum said in a statement distributed by the Bostic campaign. "Curtis’ groundswell finish to a runoff spot signals a win for the strength of his grassroots supporters and his robust conservative values."

Santorum will appear at Bostic campaign events Wednesday, his campaign said.

Bostic, a former Charleston county council member, barely edged into the runoff against Sanford last week after a recount confirmed his second-place finish. Sanford took 37 percent of the vote to Bostic's 13 percent.

Bostic has built a base of support among Christian conservative voters. In his presidential campaign, Santorum also enjoyed strong support from Christian conservatives.

With only a week left until next Tuesday's runoff, Bostic faces an uphill climb against Sanford, who has more money in his campaign account and much higher name recognition in the district.

The winner will take on Elizabeth Colbert Busch in the May 7 special general election.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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