Sanford has cash edge heading into election

Sanford's props and profit (WCIV)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP/WCIV) - Despite his claims that his opponent was rolling in Democratic donations, former Gov. Mark Sanford has a slight edge in cash heading into the final days of the heated congressional race in state's 1st District.

Reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show Sanford had about $285,000 in his campaign war chest as of April 17. His Democratic opponent, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, had about $255,000.

At an appearance in Marion Square Thursday, Sanford held up a stack of money totaling $1,000 and compared it to the $600,000 he claims Pelosi spent on Elizabeth Colbert Busch's campaign. Sanford says he's running against House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as much as Colbert Busch.

A spokesman for the House Majority PAC, Andy Stone, says Pelosi supports the group but does not run it.

The special election to fill the House seat once held by U.S. Sen. Tim Scott is May 7.