There were more people in duck costumes (one) than there were Republican candidates (none) at the League of Women Voters’ forum tonight for two of the Lowcountry’s highest profile races.

Charleston County Auditor candidate Peter Tecklenburg was allowed to address the gathering for 30 minutes after his Republican opponent Paul Gawrych backed out.

Also, U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C., chose to attend events in Beaufort County today. One of his rivals, Democrat Bobbie Rose, also blasted Scott for being a no-show.

“I am upset that he’s not here tonight, not because he’s my opponent but because he’s my congressman,” she said. “Answering questions from constituents is his job. Tim Scott did not show up for work today.”

Libertarian Keith Blandford and Rose did not see eye to eye on much during the First Congressional District forum. Rose called for more federal funding for early education, but Blandford said the federal government has no money for that and education isn’t its job.

Read more in tomorrow’s Post and Courier.