Special election captures the attention of the national media

CNN's political correspondent, Jim Acosta

By Nikki

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) All over Charleston, camera crews and live trucks were out in full force Tuesday.

"We have been doing lots of live shots. I mean there's just a lot of national interest in this race," said Jim Acosta, the national political correspondent for CNN.

He says the national appeal to Tuesday's race was pretty obvious.

"Who would have thought that Mark Sanford, after that embarrassing scandal that followed him out of office and basically drove him into political wilderness, would make this kind of comeback," he said. " And you add the fact that we have Stephen Colbert's sister running on the Democratic side and Teddy Turner, the son of CNN founder, Ted Turner, it was just impossible to resist."

Acosta spent Tuesday been reporting live in the field from the former governor's campaign watch party on East Bay Street at Molly Darcys.

"One of the things that we found very interesting in talking to voters, talking to the candidates is that Mark Sanford almost seems to be getting a second chance from voters," he said. "A lot of people are saying, 'You know what, yes, he was an embarrassment. Yes, he embarrassed the state of South Carolina, but maybe people do deserve a second chance.'"

For voters and the media alike, Tuesday's primary is only the beginning. The general election is two months away with the media, of course, closely counting down.

"If you get a match up between Mark Sanford and Stephen Colbert's sister, we'll be back," said Acosta.