Mark Sanford Wins GOP Nomination For SC 1st District House Seat

Here's hoping Stephen Colbert's sister, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, turns Tim Scott's district in South Carolina blue.
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Here's hoping Stephen Colbert's sister, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, turns Tim Scott's district in South Carolina blue. Despite former Gov. Mark "Appalachian Trails" Sanford's prior problems, he managed to win the GOP's nomination for South Carolina's 1st District House seat. (This is the district from which Jim DeMint resigned.)

Mark Sanford Wins GOP Nomination For South Carolina's 1st District House Seat :

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford on Tuesday cleared another hurdle in his bid for political redemption, defeating a former Charleston County council member to win the GOP nomination for the U.S. House seat he held for three terms. [...]

With all of the precincts reporting, Sanford had about 57 percent of the vote in the 1st District to 43 percent for Curtis Bostic, the former county council member. The candidates were vying in the GOP runoff after they finished as the top two vote-getters in a 16-way GOP primary last month.

Sanford will face Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert, and Green Party candidate Eugene Platt in a May special election.

Colbert Busch released a statement late Tuesday saying "I look forward to a vigorous campaign that focuses on creating jobs, balancing our country's budget and choosing an independent-minded leader who shares the values of the great people of South Carolina."

Sanford, a former three-term congressman and two-term governor, said earlier Tuesday that the runoff would give a good indication whether voters have moved past his personal indiscretions.

"I'm both humbled and grateful for the response of the voters here tonight," he said later. Read on...

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