Comedian Stephen Colbert's sister has apparently secured the Democratic nomination to run for a vacant South Carolina congressional seat.
Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, who got a little help from her famous brother, has been projected the winner of Tuesday’s special election with 96 percent of the vote, according to the Associated Press.
The AP reports that Colbert-Busch received 12,954 votes compared to 581 for political rival, Ben Frasier.
Former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford will face a runoff vote in the much more crowded Republican field.
While he finished first in the field of 16, he didn't have enough votes to secure the nomination, according to AP. Sanford had 16,064 votes compared to 5,711 for the next closest candidate.
Colbert-Busch and Sanford are both seeking the vacant 1st District seat.
The election marks the return to politics of Sanford, who has maintained a low profile over the past four years since leaving office. He suffered public embarrassment when his affair with an Argentine woman was exposed.
Colbert-Busch is a Charleston native like her brother and development director at the Clemson University Restoration Institute in nearby North Charleston.
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