Yesterday afternoon, David Jarman of the DailyKos Elections group posted SC-01 special election benchmarks and predictions, presenting background information about the district and asking commenters to make their prognostications about the Sanford-Colbert Busch battle.
I offered my thoughts at 12:36pm, many hours before the polls closed in Charleston and Hilton Head:
sad to say … 54-45-1
Sanford in the majority.
And in the House, he’ll have plenty of free time for hiking.
As of this morning, the unofficial results from the South Carolina Secretary of State read:
Mark Sanford (REP) 54.04%
Elizabeth Colbert Busch (DEM) 41.86%
Elizabeth Colbert Busch (WFM) 3.35%
Eugene Platt (GRN) 0.48%
Summing Colbert Busch’s Democratic and Working Families lines — SC, like New York and Oregon, uses fusion voting — we get 45.22% as her total percentage. Rounded to integers, that comes to 54-45-0; had the Green picked up 27 more votes, his total would have rounded up to 1%.
So… who’s running in the Hastings Handicap this Sunday?