For weeks, the relationship that has loomed over the South Carolina special House election has largely been avoided in the race itself. What changed?
Sanford needed to turn the tide with a dominating debate performance but didn't pull it off.
Does Elizabeth Colbert Busch have the edge now? Yes. Is Mark Sanford toast? Not yet.
Can Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch pull off what once looked like a major upset?
Colbert Busch v. Sanford? How about Colbert v. Scarborough?
Looking for a special election that offers hints about the national landscape? Look elsewhere.
The former governor seems to have taken to heart an old proverb: "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade."
The Democratic candidate -- and sister of Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert -- once made a campaign donation to the man she might find herself pitted against in South Carolina's 1st District special election.
Reps. Allen West (R-Fla.) and Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) each spent more than $100 per vote.