The conservative state of South Carolina held fast to its party loyalties last night, as Republican Mark Sanford soundly defeated Democratic candidate Elizabeth Colbert Busch to take the state's 1st Congressional District seat.
The Democrat is the sister of Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert, the host throwing his support behind her when the special election to fill the seat began earlier this year.
Colbert had told CNN in March that he was happy to break character in order to throw his genuine support behind his sister's endeavor. He said, "I'm willing to, you know, break the jewel of my own creation to try to do something for her. I'm not worried about what it would do to me or my show to try to help her as myself -- not as my character, to help her as myself. And you know, if people think that's not the right thing for me to do, I don't care. It's my sister, and I'm willing to help her."
It didn't help, as former governor Sanford took the seat with a commanding lead, defeating Colbert Busch with 54 percent of the vote to her 45 percent. This happened despite the Republican candidate's unceremonious resignation in 2009 after the then-governor was caught in an extramarital affar with an Argentinean mistress.
"I am an imperfect man, saved by God’s grace, and one who has a conviction of the importance of doing something about spending in Washington, D.C.," Sanford said of the victory. "I am going to try to be the best congressman I could have ever been."