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Race pits Sanford against Colbert's sister

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- It's a congressional race featuring political drama, big names and big money -- everything that can make U.S. politics so fascinating.

The special election in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District next month pits a former governor seeking political redemption after his career was derailed by an extramarital affair against the sister of one of the nation's most popular political satirists.

The field was set Tuesday night when former Gov. Mark Sanford, who was the top vote-getter in a 16-way GOP primary last month, defeated former Charleston County Councilman Curtis Bostic in the Republican runoff.

He faces Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert, in the May 7 special election. Green Party candidate Eugene Platt will also be on the ballot in the coastal district that runs from northeast of Charleston southwest along the coast to the resort island of Hilton Head.

The 1st District seat became open when Republican Tim Scott was appointed to fill the remaining two years of Sen. Jim DeMint's term. DeMint resigned to lead The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. -- AP

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