Two members of South Carolina's Congressional Delegation -- Rep. Jeff Dunc an, R-Laurens, and Rep. Mick Mulvaney,R-Indian Land -- have endorsed Sen. Larry Grooms, R-Berkeley, in his bid for his party's nomination in the 1st Congressional District race.
On Thursday, they became the first two GOP members of Congress to endorse a candidate. U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, a Columbia Democrat, has endorsed Democratic candidate Elizabeth Colbert Busch.
"South Carolina's Congressional Delegation is known across the country and in Washington for being a united voice for conservatism," Duncan said in a statement. " In fact, we've earned a reputation of working together, standing on principle and protecting South Carolina values. It's important to ensure that the person who replaces Tim Scott be a reliable conservative, a proven fighter and a leader who will join our mission to cut wasteful Washington spending. I'm convinced the best person for the job is Larry Grooms."
Mulvaney added in a statement: "When I heard that Tim Scott's congressional seat had opened up, I was excited for Tim, South Carolina and the US Senate. But Tim's open Congressional seat left me with some serious questions. Who would fill Tim's conservative shoes in the 1 st District and pick up where Tim left off? When Larry Grooms announced for Congress, those questions were answered with a strong credentialed conservative. I know Larry well and I've worked with him on several issues when we served together in the state senate. Larry's brand of conservatism, leadership and strength will serve South Carolina and the 1 st di strict well in Congress."