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February 7, 2016

South Carolina: Sanford Wins GOP Nomination for Special

Sanford is running for Congress in the 1st District. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Gov. Mark Sanford won the GOP nomination in the special election, setting up a general election fight with Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch.

Sanford defeated attorney Curtis Bostic, 55 percent to 45 percent, in the GOP runoff, with 67 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press.

The 1st District is a strong Republican seat, but Sanford is not assured a general election win.

It is unclear how difficult the path ahead will be for Sanford in the general election. Some South Carolina Republicans insist that this is a solidly conservative district and that the idea of a Democratic winner is unfathomable.

But Colbert Busch, the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert, has put together a professional campaign. She even released an internal poll Monday that showed she had a narrow lead over Sanford. (Our own Stuart Rothenberg offered a skeptical analysis.)

There is a special election because the district’s former congressman, Republican Tim Scott, was appointed to the Senate earlier this year. Gov. Nikki Haley picked Scott for the seat after then-Sen. Jim DeMint resigned from the Senate.

  • BruceMajors4DC

    I see Donna Brazille is already tweeting about this, much as Hillary Rosen trashed Ann Romney. The Democratic Party’s female flaks just can’t get over that men in the GOP date hotter women than they could ever get. Lesbian jealousy is so unbecoming.

  • Sally

    Unbelievable. Or not. The GOP’s ‘Christians’ will vote for anything that says he’s conservative…no matter that he broke several commandments and lied. Repeatedly.

  • Sally

    Good Lord. What is your problem? The man cheated on his wife, lied to his state and staff, and you still vote for him? This has nothing to do with gays, except I bet Sanford is against them.

  • voltaic

    Amazing stuff. Discredited, lying, taxpayer scamming adulterer gets the RWNJ Christian vote. And these same clueless people wonder why they get such dysfunctional government. It’s because they keep electing the same psychopaths!

  • easton

    I can almost guarantee you that your wife is a fat cow, look at any Republican rally, bunch of blue haired biddies and overweight slack jawed southernors.
    75% of Asians voted Democratic and over 80% of those were Asian women who are far hotter than most white American heifers like your wife.

  • Geem

    I bet you are hot for Bill Clinton and voted for him, although I expect you weren’t old enough to vote.

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