“It comes out better on the Democratic-Republicans numbers and it's just a different electorate,” said Romjue, who in 2008 was campaign manager for Linda Ketner, a Democrat who got 48 percent of the vote against then-incumbent U.S. Rep. Henry Brown.
A profile of Colbert-Busch three years ago in The Post and Courier described some of the tough times she has had in her life. She lost her father and two brothers in a plane crash when she was 19 and also was sitting in a building across from the World Trade Center when hijacked jets smashed into the Twin Towers in 2001.
At least one other Democrat is in race. Charleston businessman Martin Skelly announced his candidacy on Friday.
Three sitting state lawmakers are among the other Republicans running. State Reps. Chip Limehouse and Andy Patrick are running, as is state Sen. Larry Grooms. Former state Sen. John Kuhn has also announced his candidacy as have Charleston County School Board member Elizabeth Moffly and former member Larry Kobrovsky.
Former Charleston County councilman Curtis Bostic and Ray Nash, the former sheriff of Dorchester County, are also running.