Stephen Colbert's sister wins Democratic primary; Elizabeth Colbert Busch will face Mark Sanford in general election
Elizabeth Colbert Busch, Stephen's older sister, is a South Carolina businesswoman who is running for the vacant First Congressional District seat in South Carolina. She cleared the first hurdle Tuesday (March 19) when she won the Democratic primary.
Busch will face Republican Mark Sanford in the May 7 general election to fill the congressional seat left vacant when Tim Scott was appointed to the U.S. Senate.
Stephen tells CNN in an interview, "She's my sister and I'm willing to, you know, break the jewel of my own creation to try to do something for her. Like, I'm not worried about what it would do to me or my show to try to help her as myself - not as my character, but to help her as myself."
"And, you know, if people think that's not the right thing for me to do, I don't care. It's my sister and I'm willing to help her," he adds.
Colbert Busch will face an uphill battle in the largely Republican district. During last year's presidential election, while Mitt Romney beat President Barack Obama by 10 points statewide, he beat Obama by 18 points in this particular congressional district.