SC Congressional candidates Sanford, Colbert Busch on the trail in final day of campaign

gsmith@islandpacket.comMay 5, 2013 

Elizabeth Colbert Busch and Mark Sanford

In the final day of the First Congressional race, Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch will appear with U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn in Charleston while Republican Mark Sanford will campaign in Beaufort and Charleston counties.

Polling shows a tight race with no clear winner -- a scenario both campaigns acknowledge.

Sanford's campaign criticized Colbert Busch Sunday for campaigning with Clyburn, the only Democrat in the state's congressional delegation, claiming she has previously worked hard to distance herself from "liberals like Clyburn."

Sanford has sought to cast Colbert Busch as a close ally of unions and national Democrats who have contributed to her campaign, run TV ads and zapped out mail pieces on her behalf in an effort to buy the race.

Colbert Busch has said she will represent all residents of the district and is not beholden to any group or contributor. She has worked to cast Sanford as an untrustworthy career politician who has voted against economic development initiatives including the Charleston port expansion.

Clyburn, the state's most prominent Democrat, endorsed Colbert Busch's candidacy in February -- a fact Colbert Busch has flaunted, not hidden.

The Charleston businesswoman has spent the last few days on her "Elizabeth Means Business" bus tour.

"When it comes to our future - I mean business, and that's what this bus tour is all about," Colbert Busch said in a statement. "Nothing is more important - or rewarding - than speaking with the hardworking men and women who call South Carolina home, and I'm so excited to spend the final days of this campaign one-on-one with as many people as I can."

Meanwhile, Sanford is on his "No Debt" tour. Monday stops include:

  • 1:25 p.m. stop at Barnard Tire Co. with S.C. Republican Party Chairman Chad Connelly and Beaufort County Council Chairman Paul Sommerville, 2653 Boundary St., Beaufort
  • 2:15 p.m. stop at Matthews Marine with Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, 52 Cecil Reynolds Drive, Bluffton
  • 3 p.m. stop at Year Round Pool Co., Inc., 1484 Fording Island Road, Bluffton
  • 4 p.m. stop at Bruster's Real Ice Cream of Beaufort, 304 Robert Smalls Parkway, Beaufort

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