Polls filled not with voters, but media, as candidates cast vote

(Dave MacQueen/WCIV)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- It's no ordinary race. News crews from all over the country were waiting for Sanford to get to the Charleston County School District building to vote Tuesday.Even more reporters and photographers were waiting in the rain. CNN also planned live streams from both Sanford's and Colbert Busch's headquarters.After casting his ballot for the District 1 seat, Sanford said he looks forward to reaching out to other Republicans if he's elected. He said he wasn't focused on reaching one type of voter, women, etc. Somewhat predictably, he said he hoped to reach everybody.Sanford said, like anybody would be, he's a little tired of the attack ads and negative campaigning and that he owed it to voters to address and be open about his 'personal' past."We know what is at stake in this race - a reliable vote for fiscal responsibility, versus a reliable vote for Nancy Pelosi's policies like Obamacare, government stimulus, and more in the way of debt," Sanford said in a press release sent out Tuesday morning.

He also said that if he loses Tuesday, he won't be going through the rigors of running for office again.

Sanford's opponent, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, cast her ballot across the bridge in Mt. Pleasant. Media surrounded her as she made her way up to Moultrie Middle School.

She left the polls confident, saying her next step was to make some phone calls and do some last minute campaigning. She told reporters she was expecting a win Tuesday night and that celebrating was also on her to-do list.

Green party candidate Eugene Platt hit the polls at James Island Charter High School. He's said that while he had hoped to win, he knew early on that it wasn't likely since his campaign lacked the financial backing the other "corporate party candidates" have.

He said he'll be relieved when it's all over.

Once voters make it into the polling booth, they may notice an odd sight. Elizabeth Colbert Busch's name appears twice on the ballot. She was nominated by both the Democratic party and the Working Families party. While such an occurrence is rare, it is legal and has happened before. Bobbie Rose's name appeared twice on the ballot last year when she was nominated by the same parties.Meanwhile, the former governor hasn't stopped stumping. He's announced the following stops for election day.11 AM - Pep Boys, 1550 Savannah Highway, West Ashley, Charleston11:45 AM - Moe's Southwest Grill, 1812 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., West Ashley, Charleston12:45 PM - Cookout Restaurant, 8968 University Blvd., North Charleston{} 294061:30PM - Alex's Restaurant, 309 St. James Avenue, Goose Creek2:30 PM - Piggly Wiggly, 9616 Highway 78, Suite 1, Ladson4 PM - Farmer's Market Mt. Pleasant, Moultrie Middle School, 645 Coleman Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant7:30 PM{} - Watch Party - Liberty Tap Room & Grill,{}{} 1028 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mt. Pleasant