Mark Sanford will defeat Elizabeth Colbert Busch in the special election for South Carolina’s First Congressional District. Votes are still being counted, but with nearly 75% of precincts reporting, Sanford leads by a 9-point margin, and not enough votes are left for Colbert Busch to win.
Democrats poured money into the district in the hopes that Colbert Busch, perhaps better known as comedian Stephen Colbert’s sister, would win the seat against a candidate whose personal trials are well-known. She was ahead in the polls a week ago, but Sanford managed to close the gap.
They were able to tie Colbert Busch to Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) national Democrats, and labor unions. The fact that she gave a vague answer as to whether or not she would vote to repeal ObamaCare, an important issue in a strong Republican district, didn’t help her with voters.
The win also gives Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and grassroots groups like FreedomWorks a win under their belt. While the National Republican Campaign Committee pulled money out of the district a few weeks ago, Paul and FreedomWorks stepped in with endorsements, and the latter put activists on the ground to help educate voters in the district.
Sanford’s win shows that voters, at least those in South Carolina’s First Congressional District, believe in redemption and have sent hardcore fiscal conservative to Congress.