Judging by early absentee voting, turnout in Tuesday’s 1st Congressional District election may be heavier than the 15 percent who voted in March primaries.

In Charleston County, early absentee voting was particularly heavy Monday but has lightened since then, Board of Elections and Voter Registration Director Joseph Debney said. “I would say that the absentee is heavier than for March 19,” he said.

Berkeley County Elections Director Wanda Farley also said absentee voting has been heavier, “although not a lot heavier.”

Republican Mark Sanford is campaigning in Beaufort today, beginning with a morning stop at the Beaufort Federation of Republican Men, a noon appearance at a Beaufort Chamber Meet and Greet, and a 2:30 p.m. stop at the Bluffton Farmers Market.

Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch’s sole public event is going door to door in West Ashley this afternoon. Her campaign put out a statement repeating her pledge during Monday’s debate — that she would give back 10 percent of her congressional salary to 1st District taxpayers “until the country is on a path to put our fiscal house in order.”

On March 19, 53,793 Republicans voted in their primary, while 16,484 Democrats voted. Combined, turnout was slightly more than 15 percent of the district’s 453,889 voters.

The special election is Tuesday.

Read more in tomorrow’s Post and Courier.