Former governor Mark Sanford must have known that tonight wasn't going to be easy for him. With less than 5 percent of precincts reporting, he is in a close race with at least two other Republican candidates.
Sanford currently has 1,617 votes. Right behind him, however, are candidates Larry Grooms and Curtis Bostic. Grooms has 1,184 votes and Bostic has 596.
Low voter turnout will likely mean that no Republican candidate will receive more than the required 50 percent of the vote. The Democratic candidate expected to advance is Stephen Colbert's sister, Elizabeth Colbert Busch. There are only two Democratic candidates vying for a spot in the Special Election.