Mark Sanford Wins Runoff Election For Congress

Former Congressman and Governor Mark Sanford has won the nomination of the Republican Party for the Special Election in South Carolina’s First Congressional District:

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has cleared another hurdle in his bid for a political comeback, defeating a former county council member to win the GOP nomination for a vacant U.S. House seat.

With 78 percent of precincts reporting, Sanford had about 56 percent of the vote to 44 percent for Curtis Bostic, a former Charleston County Council member. The candidates were vying Tuesday in a GOP runoff in the 1st Congressional District, which covers the south coast.

Sanford will face Elizabeth Colbert (kohl-BURT’) Busch and Green Party candidate Eugene Platt in a May special election. She is the sister of political satirist Stephen Colbert (kohl-BEHR’).

Yes, it’s amusing that the state newspaper of South Carolina chose to emphasize the phoentic pronunciation of Elizabeth Colbert Busch’s name as opposed to her famous brother’s pronunciation.

This is going to be a fun little election to watch. Election Day is May 7th.

FILED UNDER: Campaign 2013, Congress, Quick Takes, US Politics
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  1. Tim says:

    Doug, I’ve been chuckling at all the TV and radio journalists who have been referring to her as kohl-BEHR’. Even her brother, the comedian, is kohl-BURT’ in “real life.” It’s the character he plays who goes by kohl-BEHR’.

    Then again, as I think about it, I guess there are still many in the country, including some supposedly intelligent journalists, who don’t realize that he’s actually playing a character.

  2. jukeboxgrad says:

    I think we should all be concerned about Sanford’s record of palling around with terrorists. Link, link.

  3. gVOR08 says:

    @Tim: True. But do we really want every article for the next several weeks to read, …”brother of Steven Colbert (also pronounced KOHL-bert) who plays the not quite eponymous character Steven Colbert (pronounced Kohl-BEHR) on the Comedy Central network’s popular Colbert Report (pronounced Kohl-BEHR ree-POR).”

  4. Facebones says:

    And somewhere in New York, Eliot Spitzer plots his comeback…

    This just shows for the nth time that politicians really should ride out any sex scandal. Once the initial titters and pearl clutching goes away, voters either don’t care or just forget about it. Just ask David “Diaper” Vitter about his nail-biting 20 point re-election.

  5. stonetools says:

    I note that its liberal politicians that get drummed out of politics over their sexual misadventures.conservative politicians just express tearful remorse, “plead the blood of Jesus” , rail against the “gumint”, and then all is forgiven.
    Seriously , why did we liberals push out Spitzer and Anthony Weiner again? Those were effective politicians that liberals disowned because they committed peccadilloes no worse than anything Vitter or Sanford did, and for what?

  6. KariQ says:

    I’ve never understood why Weiner resigned. He wasn’t even accused of having sex with anyone, for cryin’ out loud.