Earlier in the day, Grooms had written on his Facebook page that he was ending his bid. But his campaign strategist, Hogan Gidley, insisted it did not amount to a concession. Bostic's margin over Grooms was slim enough to trigger an automatic recount.
But for all intents and purposes, Grooms has now thrown in the in the towel, even if he never used the word "concede."
"To the possibility of a recount, as I understand it, the state Election Commission will begin an automatic recount as outlined by state law -- and I will be the ‘official’ third place finisher in the race. I wish Gov. Mark Sanford and Curtis Bostic all the best," Grooms said.