Round One of Mark Sanfordâ€™s comeback bid is expected to go to the disgraced ex-South Carolina governor. The real action in Tuesdayâ€™s special congressional primary in The Palmetto State is for second place â€” and the right to take on Sanford mano a mano in an April 2 GOP runoff.
More than a dozen candidates are duking it out. And most of the fire in the fight for No. 2 is trained on Teddy Turner, son of media mogul Ted Turner.
The raceâ€™s cast of characters is worthy of a Hollywood drama: from Sanford, whoâ€™s seeking redemption after his embarrassing 2009 downfall; to Turner, whoâ€™s done everything he can to distance himself from his liberal dad; to Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert, whoâ€™s expected to skate to a primary win on the Democratic side.
Sanford is all but assured of finishing first in the Republican primary thanks to his name ID, but heâ€™s unlikely to eclipse the 50-percent mark needed to win outright. Thatâ€™s meant lots of attention for Turner, but not often the kind heâ€™d prefer.
One mailer, from Republican rival John Kuhn, accused Turner of â€œliving offâ€ his fatherâ€™s wealth and claimed that his father once â€œfiredâ€ Turner from CNN. The mailer also called liberal actress Jane Fonda, one of Ted Turnerâ€™s ex-wives, â€œa big influenceâ€ in Teddy Turnerâ€™s life.
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