Former GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said today that former Gov. Mark Sanford, like all people, deserves a second chance, but Santorum said he hopes Lowcountry Republicans choose Curtis Bostic as their 1st congressional district nominee.

“Washington needs some fresh faces, some folks who are from the grass roots,” Santorum said during an appearance with Bostic at the A-Plus Auto Service in North Charleston.

Bostic faces Sanford in an April 2 GOP runoff for the seat formerly held by U.S. Sen. Tim Scott.

Santorum also is expected to appear with Bostic at 12:45 p.m. at Kickin Chicken on North Main Street in Summerville.

Sanford, who holds a lead in the polls, in fundraising and in endorsements, is spending the day campaigning in Beaufort County. His stops include a 6 p.m. forum there that Bostic does not plan to attend.

While in Beaufort, Sanford was endorsed by state Rep. Bill Herbkersman, R-Bluffton and other Beaufort area leaders. Herbkersman noted he was elected to the House the same year Sanford was elected governor, “and (I) was always impressed with the way he put taxpayers first and stood on principle.”

Both candidates are set to participate in a forum at 7 p.m. Thursday at Porter Gaud School in Charleston. Bostic said they also will appear at a TV-only forum Saturday and a Monday event in Beaufort County.

Next week’s Republican winner will face Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch and Green party candidate Eugene Platt on May 7.

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