Sullivan’s Island businessman Keith Blandford today announced that he plans to vie for the Congressional District 1 seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Tim Scott.

“Now that Tim Scott has been named as Senator DeMint’s successor, the feedback and encouragement our campaign has received to pursue Scott’s seat has been overwhelming,” Blandford said in a news release.

Blandford, who last month had announced his intention to oppose Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham in the primary, said will try to run on the Republican ticket and also will pursue the Libertarian party’s nomination.

“We sincerely believe that the 2014 Senatorial seats should be challenged in a primary, but we are confident that this is the best move for our team and our State,” Blandford said in the release.