Three democrats who have considered running for Tim Scott's old seat have dropped down to two.
Martin Skelly has announced that he is dropping out of the race, but is putting all of his support behind Elizabeth Colbert-Busch.
The two announced their new plans during a news conference downtown. Colbert-Busch also talked about her famous brother, Stephen Colbert, helping with her campaign.
"Elizabeth Colbert Busch has demonstrated that she is an
outstanding candidate," said Skelly. "She inspires both the party faithful and
the political center that we need to generate consensus and end gridlock in
Congress. Last Friday I called Elizabeth Colbert Busch and offered her my full
support. I pledge this support to her with no regrets and no
reservations…Congresswoman Colbert Busch will address the issues we both
recognize as vital to the state of South Carolina and our great nation."
In response, Colbert Busch said she was pleased to
receive Skelly's endorsement. "It is gratifying to know you support me and
believe I am the best candidate to take on the Republicans in this
all-important race to represent the wonderful people of District 1," she said.
"I am convinced that this is our time as Democrats to represent our needs in
Congress. This is our time to take our communities' abundant resources and
translate them into well-paying jobs that will lift us up and strengthen our
struggling middle class. This is our time in the Lowcountry and our Coastal
Communities to commit to our children that we will educate and prepare them for
the 21st century, and the hi-tech world they are getting ready to embark on.
This is our time. Now is the moment."
That brings the count to 16 Republicans, and now two Democrats vying for the spot.