HILTON HEAD ISLAND -- Less than 24 hours before the polls open, Republican 1st district hopefuls spent 90 minutes here making their case face to face before a packed room of about 100 voters.

Former Gov. Mark Sanford and former Charleston County Councilman Curtis Bostic exchanged barbs as well as compliments in their third and final joint appearance of the two-week-long runoff campaign.

Bostic quoted from Sanford’s earlier book about the value of sending amateurs, not career politicians, to Washington DC. Bostic said he is the fresher face in the race.

But Sanford’s roots here also were evident. His family has had a farm for decades in northern Beaufort County, and Bostic, who is also a lawyer, was asked pointed questions about his stance on tort reform and why he has not filed paperwork outlining his economic interests.

Bostic said that paperwork should be filed within a few days, and he said the tort reform that South Carolina passed under Sanford was not perfect because it protected only 22 different professional classes.

Sanford agreed with Bostic’s critique but also said politics is “the art of the possible” and that tort reform was better than nothing at all.

Tomorrow, the polls will open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. so GOP voters can finalize their nominee. The winner faces Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch and Green party candidate Eugene Platt on May 7.

All registered voters in the 1st district are eligible to vote tomorrow — except for those who voted in the March 19 1st district Democratic primary. The district includes parts of Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton and Dorchester counties.

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