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Voting Begins In South Carolina 1st Congressional District

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Voting began this morning for the special election for the vacant first district congressional seat.  Polls opened at 7:00 this morning and will close tonight at 7:00.  On Monday, candidates Elizabeth Colbert-Busch and former Governor Mark Sanford made a final round of campaign stops.

Mark Sanford toured much of the district, including Matthews Marine in Bluffton.  Sanford's friend, Senator Tom Davis, joined him there.  Sanford says recent polls indicated people can change their minds at the end of the game, so he's out meeting and greeting as many voters as he can.  Sanford told News 3, "Our numbers began to move when we finally had a debate, and when it became apparent that there was indeed a clear contrast on where myself and my opponent stand on a whole host of issues that are important to Lowcountry voters, our numbers began to move."

This past weekend, news of Elizabeth Colbert-Busch's arrest from more than 20 years ago surfaced online.  The arrest stemmed from a messy divorce back in 1988.  The charge was contempt of court.  Reporter Raymond Owens sat down with Colbert-Busch in Charleston to hear her side of the story.  She said, "27 years ago, I left an abusive marriage. I left because I had to protect myself and my children. I went to court to try and get help, and during that time, the judge became very frustrated with the situation, and that's how I wound up where I was. As a mother, would I do it again? You bet I would. I am a mother first, and I will protect my children, today, yesterday, and tomorrow. I would do it over and over and over again. I will not let this distract the campaign. I will not let this impact my children and my family, and we're going to win this tomorrow." 

You can depend on News 3 to bring you complete coverage of today's special election.  We'll have up to the minute updates on WSAV.com, as well as Facebook and Twitter. 

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