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Celebrity Factor in First District Congressional Race

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Less than six weeks of campaigning ahead for former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford and Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, who are the final two in the first district congressional race.

While South Carolina is known as a republican state-- some polls have Colbert-Busch ahead.  That brings up the celebrity factor-- how will it play out in this race?  Colbert-Busch is the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert, who is already pitching in to help her campaign.  But history professor Brent Morris at USCB says Mark Sanford has become a celebrity of sorts himself.

"I think Mark Sanford's a pretty big celebrity in his own right, based on his stories and fame he earned back in 2009 for his hike on the Appalachian Trail," Morris said.  "I think it's going to be a close race, I really do. It's going to be someone who has a lot of name recognition, based on the name of her brother it seems. But Mark Sanford has a lot of name recognition as well, so I think it might be a race played out based on who comes across as the bigger celebrity," he said.

The two face off in the general election May 7th.  The position was vacated when Tim Scott was appointed to the Senate.

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