Yahoo News asked South Carolina voters to share whom they're backing in Tuesday's U.S. House election -- Mark Sanford or Elizabeth Colbert Busch, or if they're abstaining. Here's one voter's perspective.
FIRST PERSON | Three weeks ago, my telephone rang. When I answered, a young woman asked me to participate in a survey. She caught me on a good day, so I said yes. Her first question was whether I would vote on May 7. I told her I would. Next, she asked whom I planned to vote for. Without hesitation I blurted out, "Anyone but Sanford."
Mind you, I was raised a Republican in South Carolina -- a largely Republican state. I have voted solely for Republicans since I was old enough to vote. Lately, however, I have begun to consider myself an independent voter. No longer will I simply pull the party lever in the voting booth. My trust has been shaken.
I admit that Mark Sanford is not wholly to blame for my break with the party. I have recently voiced my concerns on bills to congressmen to no avail. But Sanford disappointed me on a more personal level when, as governor, he used a state-sponsored trip to cheat on his wife. Now he wants my vote in the first congressional district. He did not get it.
This morning, I walked into a nearly empty polling place. Many local Republicans, it is rumored, are sitting this one out. Like me, they no longer trust Sanford. Yet they refuse to vote for a Democrat. I, on the other hand, stepped up to the voting booth and put my trust in Elizabeth Colbert Busch. I believe her when she says that she has strong family values. I also believe that she is a fiscal conservative focused on creating jobs. It is a little scary choosing a Democrat with no voting record, but I'll take anyone but Sanford.
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