Democrat Martin Skelly has backed out of the primary race for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District and is backing candidate Elizabeth Colbert Busch.
This leaves Colbert Busch with one party opponent, Ben Frasier for the March 19 special primary election. The winner will face off against one of 16 Republicans to be chosen that same day, though a GOP runoff is likely.
Skelly’s surrender strengthens her campaign which is already getting national buzz because she is political comedian Stephen Colbert’s older sister. Her campaign Twitter account now lists the hashtag #SisterColbert.
Democrats are emboldened by the possibility of winning the congressional seat, vacated by Rep. Tim Scott when he was appointed to fill the seat of Senator Jim DeMint.
Colbert Busch directs business development for Clemson University’s Restoration Institute, a wind turbine and advanced materials testing and research center in North Charleston.
Sheree Bernardi, WTMA in Charleston contributed to this report.