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SC House Race Defined by People Who Aren’t Running

Davis Turner/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- What do Comedy Central talk show host Stephen Colbert, Jenny Sanford, the spurned ex-wife of former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, and Maria Belen Chapur, the Argentinian woman Sanford left her for, have in common?

None of them are running to represent South Carolina's First Congressional District in the House of Representatives, but any of them could tip the scales as voters decide who does.

Voters will turn out in Charleston Tuesday for the special election between the comedian's sister, Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, and the former governor whose career was tarnished by the infamous "Appalachian Trail" episode in 2009, when he left the state to meet his mistress in Argentina, misleading staffers and the public about where he was.

After months of back-and-forth campaigning and a contentious debate last week, the voters will finally weigh in on Sanford's long and, at times, arduous comeback journey.  If he wins on Tuesday, Sanford will retake the House seat he held in the 1990s before becoming governor.

As the campaign has played out, Colbert Busch's famous brother has mostly stayed away.

The Comedy Central star held two fundraisers last month for his sister, one in New York and another in Washington, D.C., but he hasn't campaigned for her in South Carolina's First House District, and there is no indication he will do so before polls close on Tuesday.

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