Several Republicans running for the 1st Congressional District are trying to stand out by making friends.

Charleston businessman Carroll "Tumpy" Campbell plans to appear this afternoon in Myrtle Beach with former Gov. David Beasley, who was elected in 1994, just after Campbell's father left that office.

Meanwhile, Charleston County Councilman Paul Thurmond announced Tuesday that he has the support of several local Republican officeholders, including Berkeley County's Clerk of Court Mary Brown, Auditor Janet Brown Jurosko and Coroner Glenn Rhoad. Former 1st District Reps. Arthur Ravenel Jr. and Thomas F. Hartnett previously endorsed Thurmond.

And state Rep. Tim Scott, R-North Charleston, announced last month that he has the backing of the Club for Growth, a national organization that pushes for lower spending, lower taxes and more school choice.

The six other candidates in the Republican primary are Horry County businessman Clark Parker, Mount Pleasant Town Councilman Ken Glasson, GOP activist Katherine Jenerette of North Myrtle Beach, former Charleston County School Board member and lawyer Larry Kobrovsky, Mount Pleasant businessman Mark Lutz and Stovall Witte, a former aid to Rep. Henry Brown.

The Democratic primary pits commercial pilot Robert Burton of Mount Pleasant against perennial candidate Ben Frasier.

Voters can cast their ballots in only one of the primaries. Both will be held June 8.

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