South Carolina Special Election

Polling took a hit in this race, specifically PPP, Public Policy Polling which had the race a toss up in their final poll. Results didn’t talk long and the race ended in what is typically referred to as a landslide. Slate had a live blog to follow the vote count and at 7:43 pm EDT the reporter had some hope. The 8:43 pm update ended the coverage with the tearful report that it was all but over.

The winner was disgraced former Governor Mark Sanford, the Republican defeating Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch by a nine point margin.

Some who didn’t follow the race wondered why so much attention was given to a race in a solid Republican district. With a damaged candidate on the Republican side the Democrats and big labor jumped in big time to pull off the win. Nancy Pelosi and PPP turned out to be the losers tonight.