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Colbert Busch’s Democratic primary opponent endorses Sanford

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Alexis Levinson
Political Reporter

The Democrat who lost to Elizabeth Colbert Busch in the South Carolina special congressional election primary has endorsed her Republican opponent, former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, calling the Democratic nominee “too beholden to the political left.”

Ben Frasier, a perennial candidate for Congress, garnered just four percent of the vote against Colbert Busch in the March primary.

According to The State newspaper, the Sanford campaign announced the endorsement Thursday morning.

“I am a Democrat, but a conservative one, and I am supporting Mark because I don’t think Elizabeth represents the conservative values of this district,” Frasier said in a statement. “I know Mark to be a man of integrity who will represent the District well. I am crossing party lines to make this endorsement because with all due respect to Elizabeth she is just too beholden to the political left to represent the Lowcountry effectively.”

Colbert Busch and Sanford are vying for the vacant seat in South Carolina’s First Congressional District. It was held by former Rep. Tim Scott, who was appointed to the Senate when Sen. Jim DeMint retired to become the president of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.

The special election is May 7.

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