State Senator Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, has endorsed former Gov. Mark Sanford's bid for U.S. Congress in the state's 1st District.
In a statement, Davis cited Sanford's record of eliminating debt and cutting spending.
"Debt is a serious problem for our nation, and no one has more credibility when it comes to holding the line on spending and putting taxpayers first than Mark," Davis said. "Twenty years ago, Mark was warning about the consequences of overspending and debt, about the math trap we were heading for with entitlements, and about the dangers of the federal government encroaching more and more in our daily lives.
"Mark has not only been spot on regarding the challenges our nation faces, but about fixing them as well. I am proud to stand with him in this race, and am going to work hard getting support for him in Beaufort County and across the district."
Davis and Sanford have been friends for many years. Davis helped run Sanfords gubernatorial campaigns and served as his chief of staff.
In a statement, Sanford said he was proud to have Davis' support.
"I couldn't be more proud of Tom for the way he's walked the walk with regard to changing the way business is done in Columbia, and I'm honored to have his support," Sanford said.
Sanford is one of 16 Republicans vying for the GOP nomination in the 1st District. The seat opened up when Tim Scott was appointed to the U.S. Senate.
Elizabeth Colbert-Busch and Ben Frasier are vying for the Democratic nomination.
The primaries will be held March 19.
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