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Mark Sanford Beats Colbert Busch By 9% In SC 1st District Special Election

Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford easily won the special election for the Tim Scott’s vacated congressional seat, representing South Carolina’s 1st District. Even though Sanford was outspent 5 to 1 by Colbert Busch, the contest wasn’t that close, with the former SC Governor out performing his opponent by more than 9 percentage points.

Many politicos had the contest even going in, but that was based on earlier polls showing Busch with a 10 percentage point lead over Sanford. Due to the work of local Tea party groups and volunteers, Sanford tightened up the race in the final stretch, even though the GOP pulled funding. Tea Party supporters suggested that the GOP establishment wasn’t too keen on having another fiscally conservative house member to contend with and surmised that many in the GOP saw Sanford as a liability.

In his victory speech, Sanford committed to bringing his brand of fiscal conservatism to the house and promised the voters of South Carolina’s 1st district that he would work hard to represent their interests in Washington, DC.

Some conservative strategists suggest this could be a preview of things to come in 2014 and 2016, when congressional Democrats will no longer be able to ride Obama’s coat tails into office, as they had in 2008 and 2012.

On an interesting side bar, supporters of Colbert Busch flooded social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook with nasty personal attacks directed toward Mark Sanford. They went on to slander and attack the residents of South Carolina, calling them “Dumb”, “Stupid” and “Hypocritical”, among other disparaging remarks.

During her concession speech, Colbert Busch stated that she respected the decision of the people, although many in attendance didn’t appear to agree. Busch had to chastise her rowdy crowd of supporters for booing when she made that statement.

Sanford Schools Colbert In Congressional Debate

The South Carolina 1st District Congressional debate between Former Governor Mark Sanford and Elizabeth Colbert Busch demonstrated a stark difference between the two candidates. While Governor Sanford demonstrated a knowledge and command of the issues, Colbert Busch appeared uninformed and defensive. Sanford highlighted his excellent track record of fiscal conservatism. On the other hand, it was quite clear Colbert Busch was attempting to hide her liberal positions from the voters of the conservative leaning 1st district.

Sanford hammered Busch over the flood of money she received from left-wing special interests, including massive financial backing from Nancy Pelosi’s PAC, labor unions and other liberal organizations. Colbert Busch cannot compete with the conservative record of Mark Sanford, so she resorted to typical leftist strategy of personal attacks, in her efforts to discredit the former Governor.

Candidate’s Positions On The Issues

Mark Sanford

  • Smaller Government
  • Lower Taxes
  • Less Regulation
  • Supports School Vouchers
  • Opposes Medicaid/Medicare Expansion in SC
  • Opposes Illegal Alien Amnesty
  • Opposes Gun Control
  • Opposed Government Stimulus
  • Anti-Abortion

Elizabeth Colbert Busch

  • Larger Government
  • Higher Taxes
  • More Government Regulation
  • Supports Medicaid/Medicare Expansion in SC
  • Opposes School Vouchers
  • Supports Current Amnesty Bill
  • Supports More Gun Control
  • Supports Government Stimulus
  • Pro-Abortion

Watching the debate, the only conclusion one could reach is that Colbert Bush is a run of the mill liberal, backed by liberal special interests, who is attempting to hide who she really is and how she will vote, if elected to Congress.

For this reason, Upstate Voice is officially endorsing Mark Sanford. There is no question that our former governor is the real conservative choice in this race.