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Sanford, Colbert Busch In Razor Thin SC Congressional Race

Former Republican South Carolina governor Mark Sanford is in a close race with Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch. (AP)

Former Republican South Carolina governor Mark Sanford and Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch are in a close race. (AP)

Former Republican South Carolina governor Mark Sanford has edged ahead of Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch in Tuesday’s special election for the S.C. 1st District congressional race.

Sanford and Colbert Busch are vying for the seat left vacant when Tim Scott left his House seat to finish out the U.S. Senate term of Jim DeMint, who resigned to run the Heritage Foundation.

A new Public Policy Polling survey shows Sanford with a one percentage-point lead. Two weeks ago he trailed by nine points.

Sanford, who in 2009 revealed an affair with an Argentinian woman, has made an unlikely comeback, and the difference in the race could have to do with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Sanford has tried to portray his rival, Colbert Busch, who is the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert, as a Pelosi clone. He even debated a cardboard cut-out of Pelosi.

Andy Shain, political reporter for the State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., said while many people around the country are surprised that Sanford might win the race, people in South Carolina are shocked that Republicans are in such a tight race.

“This should be a touchdown for Republicans, instead, they’ll be lucky to get a field goal,” Shain said.

Shain points out that the district is solidly red: Mitt Romney won the district by 18 points.

And he said while the latest poll shows the candidates in a dead-heat, the turn-out could make all the difference.

In the primary race, Sanford won about 40,000 votes in a run-off with his closest rival, whereas, Colbert Busch garnered only 15,000 votes in the Democratic primary.

And Sanford is well-known in the Charleston-area, having represented most of it for three terms in Congress during the 1990s. In his two races for governor, he won the region by a wide margin and has never lost a political race. A tea party favorite, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, endorsed him last week.

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  • Andy Shain, political reporter for the State newspaper

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  • BushCheney2012

     

    First off, Mark’s son put Mark in a bad situation (and his son should apologize to SC Voters) by wanting to leave the Superbowl party. What was Mark to do – the only place this new technology called “Television”  is available is in downtown Charleston and Jenny’s house.

    Mark only used our Tax Dollars because he could get some hot Argentina poontang, and any red blooded family values guy can understand that, I understand why his hysterical and emotional opponent does not. Besides, Governor Sanford already told us at his press conference that he asked Jesus if it was ok to outsource his marital relations to Argentina. Mark told us that Jesus told him yes, so who are we to judge his actions as wrong?

    In the end, this was all Jenny’s Sanford’s fault, she let herself “go” and forced Mark to outsource their martial relations to Argentina. Now Jenny is one of the “takers” that Mitt warned us about with her excessive alimony and so called “child support” demands! Typical lazy and unmotivated US worker that Mark so often talks about! Besides, Nikki supports Mark Sanford – Adulterers are US! or is it “Birds of a feather?”

  • Lynn in SC

    Gov. Sanford didn’t step down.  He served out his term and was term limited.  His last 18 months were as productive and his first term and most of his second term.  NOTHING!  He didn’t even make appointments to required boards, commissions, and agencies.  He just allowed the rest of the world to know how bizarre SC politics are all the time.  

  • BHA_in_Vermont

    If I were a South Carolina voter, Sanford would be lower than the lowest position on my list of people I would vote for. The man is a liar and a cheat. In my mind, he gets a “life sentence” against holding political office.

  • mike sylvan

    I wonder if Mr. Sanford will take a hike up the Appalachian trail if he wins.

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