“The Colbert Report” Sister, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, Wins Primary

“The Colbert Report”  Sister Wins Primary

“The Colbert Report”:  Sister Wins Primary

There is no doubt who the Democratic winner was in the special election for a seat in the House of Representatives, but Republicans will face a runoff.  Neither candidate received 50% of the vote.

Elizabeth Colbert Busch, sister of comedian Stephen Colbert will face former governor Mark Sanford, or Curtis Bostic, a former Charleston councilman, in a runoff election in two weeks.

“This is absolutely incredible. What a wonderful night,” she told supporters at a victory party in Charleston, South Carolina. “It’s the start of a new beginning, right?”

The longtime area businesswoman was considered the favorite on the Democratic side over opponent Ben Frasier. She’ll compete against the Republican nominee in the general election in May.

“I am ready to go to Washington, D.C. to be your voice, so we’re going to do that,” Colbert Busch said.

The winner of the special election will fill the U.S. House seat vacated by now-Sen. Tim Scott, a Republican appointed to fill the Senate spot that Jim DeMint left last month.

Sanford’s extramarital affair in 2009 didn’t seem to matter to Republican voters, nor did the fact that he lied to his constituents when he told them he was hiking the Appalachian Trail while he was actually traveling to Argentina to carry on the affair.  He and ex-wife Jenny were divorced in 2010.

Sanford said that polls showed voters were willing to forgive him, and called his first place finish among Republicans “humbling”.

“There’s this amazing reservoir of human grace out there that’s a reflection of God’s grace, and I’ve seen it first hand,” he said, adding that he looks forward to a “spirited contest” during the runoff.

Sanford says he believes he is worthy of a second chance, and has learned some valuable lessons.

“Oddly enough, I think you learn from the valleys of life rather than the peaks,” Sanford said.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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