In South Carolina, former governor Mark Sanford and former Charleston County Council Curtis Bostic will compete in a runoff election for the next two weeks.
The winner will take on Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, sister of comedian Stephen Colbert, who won the Democratic primary.
Sanford begins as the heavy favorite, having won 19,812 votes, or nearly 37 percent of the vote; Bostic won 7,149 votes, or 13.3 percent. Larry Grooms, finished third with 12.4 percent. (He conceded this morning.) Teddy Turner, the son of mogul Ted Turner, finished with 7.8 percent.
How central was Beaufort County to the bid of State Rep. Andy Patrick? He received 3,776 votes, good for fifth place; his home county provided 3,639 of them.
And suddenly, you can hear the Washington conventional wisdom shifting:
Is he still “disgraced” ex-Gov. Mark Sanford? 1st place in a runoff would suggest he’s now just ex-Gov. Sanford, once & future congressman— Reid Wilson (@HotlineReid) March 20, 2013
Reality check on SC-1/Colbert Busch:She got 96% on the D side, but w just 15,776 votes, 4,000 fewer than Sanford crowded 16-candiate primary— Domenico Montanaro (@DomenicoNBC) March 20, 2013
Jason Miller, one of Sanford’s longtime aides, Tweeted out this photo of Sanford at his election night event last evening. Notice the former governor’s sons behind him, not-so-subtly suggesting to viewers that his family life is on the mend from the bad times of a few years ago.
UPDATE: This morning, Republican Elizabeth Moffly, who received 529 votes or just under one percent, announced she was endorsing Sanford.