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The issues for GOP run-off candidates: Time and Money

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It will be Curtis Bostic against Mark Sanford April 2nd. Even with time to spare organizing a major campaign for a seat in the U.S. Congress is no easy task— and there are only 2-weeks until the runoff election. So which candidate is best equipped for some costly campaigning at a dizzying pace?

The gloves are off and the sprint is on a ceaseless effort to win a runoff has begun and the clock is ticking.  If buying time was an option, it would be at a premium.

A new campaign has started and both candidates are taking in new contributions to pay for the 2-week sprint to the finish. Insiders say Mark Sanford has already dumped $100,000 to pay for TV time.

 But Curtis Bostic doesn't have such a luxury—Sanford's return to politics has brought with it his network of longtime contributors and with cash at the ready he has a leg up. Bostic on the other hand must do double time because he first has to raise more money.

In a campaign donors can give a maximum of $2,600 one time during each election cycle. The primary is over now.  The runoff starts a new cycle for the next two weeks and past contributors can give once again.

So why does Mark Sanford have so much cash at the ready? By knowing the game and planning ahead says former Sanford staffer and political strategist Chris Drummond.

"Because his huge universe of financial contributors; he's smart. He says give me twenty-six hundred bucks for the primary, go ahead and give me another twenty-six hundred for the run-off and go ahead and give me another twenty-six hundred for the general. If I don't make it, then I will send your money back. On a time management side, he didn't have to go back and ask for the money he's already got checks in hand."

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