Republican Mark Sanford has defeated Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District special election. The victory caps a dramatic comeback by the scandal-tinged former governor, whose political career was left for dead four years ago when he was caught lying about an extramarital affair.
With three quarters of
precincts reporting, Sanford led 54 percent to 45 percent for Colbert
Busch, and the Associated Press called the race.
Sanford, waging a bid for political redemption three years after his
fall from grace, went into Election Day with a head of steam. Polls
showed the former governor closing on and then eclipsing Colbert Busch, a
Clemson University administrator and the sister of comedian Stephen
Colbert, who just a couple of weeks ago looked poised for a major upset. (Continues)