Sanford defeats Colbert-Busch for 1st district seat
Charleston, South Carolina: Mark Sanford, the former Republican Governor of South Carolina, revived his scandal-scarred political career in the special election for the 1st District seat. Sanford defeated Green Party candidate Eugene Platt and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Colbert-Busch in the general election to decide the vacant seat.
Colbert-Busch had briefly led Sanford in the polls, increasing hopes among some voters that a Democrat would, for the first time in more than 30 years, represent the coastal district that includes Charleston. The general election race was expected to be tough for any Democrat. The Charleston-area seat has been a Republican stronghold for decades and continues to lean Republican. The last Democratic candidate elected was Mendel Jackson Davis in 1978.
Three weeks prior to the special election, reports surfaced that Sanford’s ex-wife had filed a court complaint alleging he was in her house without permission in violation of their divorce decree, leading the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) to pull its support from the campaign. Despite losing national support from the NRCC, Sanford picked up endorsements from Rand Paul, Ron Paul, South Carolina senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.
Sanford successfully held onto his political record of having never lost a race in three runs for Congress and two for governor. He replaces former Rep. Tim Scott (R), who was appointed by Gov. Nikki Haley (R) to serve out the Senate term of Jim DeMint.
|U.S. House, South Carolina District 1 General Special Election, 2013|
|Source: South Carolina Election Board, "Official Special Election Results"|
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