Less than a day after former Gov. Mark Sanford and former Charleston County Councilman Curtis Bostic emerged as No.s 1 and 2 in a 16-way GOP primary, the punches began to fly.

Asked what separates him from Sanford, who got 37 percent of Tuesday's vote, Bostic said today, “I think honestly one has to look at all of his record and some of that includes the misappropriation of taxpayers' money. Sanford stole tax money. It also includes abandoning his post. If I were in the Marine Crops and had done that, they would have court-martialed me.

“Unfortunately, his record also includes lying to the people of South Carolina, and it also includes ethics violations. I think it's entirely appropriate that we forgive Gov. Sanford for those failures, but I also think it's entirely appropriate that we want more from people in office than to lie to us and steal from us and violate ethics regulations.”

Bostic's comments come after he had vowed in ads and emails to run a positive campaign.

Sanford spokesman Joel Sawyer said Bostic seems to have had a dramatic flip-flop in less than 24 hours time.

“He ran this race selling voters on the idea of a positive, issues-oriented campaign, only to go back on his word just a day after the polls close,” Sawyer said. “That's exactly what we don't need in Washington — yet another person who says one thing and does another.”

Read more in tomorrow's Post and Courier.