Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Green Party candidate Eugene Platt saw several positive outcomes from his First Congressional District race despite finishing a distant third
No one can claim Eugene Platt and the Green Party played the spoiler role in the First Congressional District race won by former Gov. Mark Sanford Tuesday. "I want to congratulate Gov. Sanford on his win, and [Elizabeth Colbert] Busch on her run," Platt said. "I'm happy with what we did, giving people a third choice. So many times in South Carolina we only have two choices on the ballot, and a lot of times it's only one choice." With less than 1,000 votes, according to unofficial results, Platt didn't manage to break 1 percent of the vote, but he isn't disheartened. "I'm so relieved, but it was all worth it," Platt said. "The better part of 1,000 people voted for me, that's more people than I know." His main goal during the election was to…
Voters may have not forgiven the former governor but they kept the First District seat in Republican hands Tuesday.
To become one of the most spectacular political stories of a Comeback Kid, Mark Sanford didn't need forgiveness — and didn't receive much from voters who admitted to personally disliking the former governor — but needed to take advantage of the South Carolina First Congressional District's dislike of national Democrats like House Minority Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Barack Obama. The Republican nominee for S.C. First Congressional District won 54 percent of the vote in Tuesday's special election triggered by the appointment of former Congressman and now-Sen. Tim Scott to the U.S. Senate. While the district has remained in GOP control for more than 30 years, Sanford was outspent and, at times, lagging behind his Democratic rival …
Lowcountry voters head to the polls to select a new Congressman.
There were no shortage of opinions Tuesday as Lowcountry voters headed to the polls to select a new Congressman. The race for South Carolina's First District seat in the U.S. House pits Elizabeth Colbert Busch, a Democrat and political newcomer, against former Gov. Mark Sanford, the Republican who held the Congressional seat in the 1990s.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Election is Tuesday, May 7.
Republican nominee Mark Sanford is asking for your vote Tuesday, May 7, so he may return to serve as Representative for South Carolina's First Congressional District. Many Patch readers have voiced their opinions on the race, but we haven't asked those planning to vote for Sanford why or how he won their vote. Are you a Elizabeth Colbert Busch supporter? Click here to say why she should be the next Congresswoman. Speak out: If you're voting for Sanford, tell us why he should be the next congressman for SC1 in the comments!
Election is Tuesday, May 7.
Democratic nominee Elizabeth Colbert Busch is asking for your vote Tuesday, May 7, so she may serve as Representative for South Carolina's First Congressional District. Many Patch readers have voiced their opinions on the race, but we haven't asked those planning to vote for Colbert Busch why or how she won their vote. Are you a Mark Sanford supporter? Click here to say why he should be the next Congressman. Speak out: If you're voting for Colbert Busch, tell us why she should be the next congresswoman for SC1 in the comments!
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
First statewide official or member of Congressional delegation to endorse the former governor.
UPDATED: 4:45 p.m. - This afternoon, Sen. Tim Scott, who Sanford is trying to replace as the House member from the First District, told Republicans that Sanford "merits support." ------------- Patch has learned that Sen. Lindsey Graham will endorse former Gov. Mark Sanford in the First Congressional District race. The endorsement by one Republican for another in the general election phase might not normally be considered significant, but Graham is the first member of the Congressional delegation to support Sanford publicly. Graham made the announcement via Twitter in a series of tweets on Wednesday morning. He said, "Let's not forget that when the Democrats controlled everything, we got #ObamaCare and trillions in new debt. #sc1 @…
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Summerville 12-year-old asks S.C. First Congressional District candidates Mark Sanford, Elizabeth Colbert Busch and Eugene Platt why they are running at forum in Goose Creek.
GOOSE CREEK — Twelve-year-old Summerville resident Cameron Jackson wanted to know one thing from S.C. First Congressional District candidates Tuesday night: Why are you running? All three congressional candidates — Republican candidate former Gov. Mark Sanford, Democratic candidate Elizabeth Colbert Busch, and the lesser known Green Party candidate Eugene Platt — attended Tuesday's forum presented by the Goose Creek chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People at Berkeley County Electric Cooperative on Springhall Drive. The candidates never shared the same stage with each one coming out and speaking to the audience of about 100 people individually. Colbert Busch and Sanford had their only face-to-face debate …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Letter to editor states case.
To the Editors, from Scott West, Co-Chair of the SC Green Party: Eugene Platt should be included in the Monday April 29, 2013 debate for the May 7 special congressional election. Eugene Platt is a public servant of long standing, having been reelected to the James Island Public Service District every four years since 1994. Eugene Platt ran as the Democratic Party nominee in the 1st Congressional District during the 1992 election. The public is better served by a diversity of voices and viewpoints representing all parts of the political spectrum. Many polls do not include candidates who are not members of the two major parties. Public Policy Polling mentioned Eugene Platt in the April 24 poll, after previous polling data suggested a tie in …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Colbert Busch and Sanford both say they have the right relationship with aerospace giant.
The saying goes that “everyone loves a winner.” Nowhere is that more true than in politics. Politicians will seek any advantage they can to win an election and one of the most common strategies is to attach themselves to—or, better yet, take credit for—a successful organization or person. Playing that role in the special election for the First Congressional District seat is Boeing. Both Mark Sanford and his Democratic rival Elizabeth Colbert Busch have taken pains to align themselves with the aerospace manufacturer, which brings billions to the South Carolina economy. When asked about Boeing’s importance in the race, Sanford told Patch, “It’s an important barometer. They’re one of the biggest employers in the district.” Not only have the …
Friday, April 26, 2013
She more than doubles the former governor in most recent period.
The latest report from the Federal Election Commission on the First Congressional District race showed Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch with a substantial lead over Republican Mark Sanford. In the most recent reporting period Colbert Busch raised $877,694.12 which was more than double Sanford's total of $375,033.83. Those figures are through April 17. All told, Colbert Busch has raised nearly $1.2 million compared to Sanford's $788,039.13. While Colbert Busch has raised more, she's also spent more: $938,994.36 against Sanford's $625.945.72. Sanford has more cash on hand than Colbert Busch, $284,245.31 to $254,459.61. The total dollar amount may favor Colbert Busch, but sources close to the Sanford campaign said they had enough money to win…