The 1st Congressional District race will be the most crowded contest on Lowcountry ballots in the June 8 primaries, at least on the Republican side.

U.S. Rep. Henry Brown's decision not to seek a sixth term opened the floodgates, and nine Republicans rushed in. Two Democrats also will face off.

The Post and Courier asked each what sets them apart and what specifically they will do if elected.

The top two Republican vote-getters almost certainly will meet in a runoff June 22, and the Nov. 2 general election promises another crowded race, as primary victors will face at least four third-party candidates.

The district covers parts of Horry, Georgetown, Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. It's considered GOP turf, and Republicans will hold a debate at 8 p.m. Tuesday on the aircraft carrier Yorktown.

Read more about the race on Page 4A.