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The race was anticipated by many nationwide and was watched by millions. Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford and Elizabeth Colbert-Busch duked it out in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District race and as people thought, Colbert-Busch would win.
On May 7, 2013 Sanford won the Congressional race and shocked America. Although the 1st district is red and very conservative, many were surprised that Sanford won.
Although Colbert-Busch lost the race, that does not mean there is nothing to learn from the race, and specifically Colbert-Busch. There are few things we should learn and remember about her:
1. She just ran.
By just looking at Colbert-Busch, you can tell she is independent, strong-willed and a free thinker. Those traits brought her far and made her the Democratic nominee for the race. And honestly, you could tell nothing was holding her back. She just ran. She wanted to make a difference for South Carolinian’s and the 1st district. No need to remind her of how awesome she is, she already is aware.
2. She kept going.
This was a vigorous race and quite tiring, at that. No matter what popped up, she kept on going. Nothing could stop her. From campaign stop to campaign stop, she kept talking to voters about herself and what she would do to help the district. It’s difficult to keep going, and she did beyond the work that is probably required. Go Elizabeth!
3. “My name is Elizabeth Colbert Busch, and nobody tells me what to do except the people of the first district.”
She is a hell of a debater. FINALLY, someone put Sanford in his place. Sanford kept name dropping Nancy Pelosi in the race and compared Colbert-Busch to Pelosi often. Even once at a campaign stop, he brought a Nancy Pelosi cardboard cut-out. Obviously someone was confused about who they were running against. Colbert-Busch must have noticed his numerous name drops of Pelosi and was tired of hearing him mentioning Pelosi’s name, so she addressed the issue at a debate. That is right, Colbert-Busch has got a hold of this.
4. The campaign used social media to their advantage.
From Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, the campaign knew how to work social media and used it to get out the word about the campaign. They posted pictures and videos, information about campaign stops and even responded to fans. Yes, they follow me on my personal Twitter. And yes, I squealed when I saw they followed me. But, in all seriousness, the campaign was on top of the game with their knowledge of networking. Very impressive, Team Colbert-Busch.
5. She is an average American who ran for Congress.
SHOCKING. No, really, I am being serious. Often people who run for Congress have held previous offices and have name recognition. Did she? Mmm, nope. Well, except for her brother being Stephen Colbert, she was not a name known many up until now. It is great to have a variety of people running for office and for different perspectives to be heard. Don’t worry, Colbert-Busch knew she would rock the “I’m average and I know it” vote.
Elizabeth Colbert-Bush lost the Congressional race for South Carolina’s 1st District, but the race will definitely be remembered. She shook up South Carolina politics and ran because all she wanted was to change the district, which is pretty rare nowadays. Who knows, maybe we will see her face appear in politics again. Let’s keep our fingers crossed because she was a phenomenal candidate and this was an exciting race. She was not afraid to tell it how it is, be bold in her actions and ran to be a voice for the people of South Carolina.
I really do wish more people were Elizabeth Colbert-Busch.