As I reported yesterday, congressional candidate Elizabeth Colbert Busch has a very interesting backstory involving wind energy and a certain cable comedy host. Today, special election day in South Carolina’s first district, adds a new wrinkle to that story. Meet the candidates, via SCVotes.org:
Mark Sanford, Republican
Elizabeth Colbert Busch, Democratic
Elizabeth Colbert Busch, Working Families
Eugene Platt, Green
My brother voted this morning and confirmed to me that Colbert Busch is indeed running on what might be called a split ticket. The Charleston Post & Courier offers this brief explanation:
One issue that voters have noticed today is that Colbert Busch appears twice on the ballot. That’s because in March she was endorsed by the Working Families Party, which also comes with a ballot line. The Working Families Party endorsed current District 1 Green Party candidate Eugene Platt during his previous runs for the State House.
“The Working Families Party, which is allied with labor groups, exists in several states, though it is a far more well known group in New York than anywhere else in the country,” the Washington Post wrote in April.
The votes from the two parties will be totaled together.
Stay tuned to this space and on Twitter @TheGattoniCelli for my post-election coverage, live from Mark Sanford’s campaign event. Will it be a victory party or feature a concession speech? In a race too close to call, the answer will likely come late tonight.