South Carolina Republicans vie for spot after Sanford

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March 18, 2013

Round One of Mark Sanford’s comeback bid is expected to go to the disgraced ex-South Carolina governor. The real action in Tuesday’s special congressional primary in The Palmetto State is for second place — 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 race’s cast of characters is worthy of a Hollywood drama: from Sanford, who’s seeking redemption after his embarrassing 2009 downfall; to Turner, who’s done everything he can to distance himself from his liberal dad; to Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert, who’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 he’s unlikely to eclipse the 50-percent mark needed to win outright. That’s meant lots of attention for Turner, but not often the kind he’d prefer.

One mailer, from Republican rival John Kuhn, accused Turner of “living off” his father’s wealth and claimed that his father once “fired” Turner from CNN. The mailer also called liberal actress Jane Fonda, one of Ted Turner’s ex-wives, “a big influence” in Teddy Turner’s life.

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