By 4 p.m. today, 13 candidates, including 11 Republicans and two Democrats, had filed for the 1st congressional district seat vacated when Tim Scott was appointed a U.S. Senator.

And the field -- already larger than the 2010 crowd that ran the last time there was no incumbent ó is expected to grow even more.

On the Republican side, Goose Creek businessman Jeff King, state Rep. Chip Limehouse of Charleston, Sullivanís Island businessman Keith Blandford, state Sen. Larry Grooms of Bonneau and Tim Larkin all filed today.

They joined other Republicans who have filed, including former Charleston County Councilman Curtis Bostic, former state Sen. John Kuhn, former Dorchester County Sheriff Ray Nash, state Rep. Andy Patrick, R-Hilton Head Island, Charleston teacher Teddy Turner and former Charleston County School Board member Elizabeth Moffly.

On the Democratic side, Clemson Restoration Institute development director Elizabeth Colbert-Busch and Charleston businessman Martin Skelly have filed, and educator Bobbie Rose, who ran against Scott last fall, may run again.

The primaries are March 19.

Read more in upcoming editions of The Post and Courier.