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Comedian Stephen Colbert speaks with his sister Elizabeth Colbert Busch during a campaign fundraiser breakfast at ILA Hall on February 24, 2013 in Charleston, South Carolina.

That’s how many years it’s been since a woman was last elected to Congress from South Carolina.

Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, a business-development executive, is trying to become South Carolina’s first female representative since Democrat Liz Patterson, who won her third and final term in 1990. South Carolina has sent five women to Congress, all Democrats.

Colbert Busch, an older sister of political comedian Stephen Colbert, faces former Republican governor and congressman Mark Sanford in a May 7 special election in a Charleston-area district vacated by Republican Tim Scott, who’s now a senator.

Sanford, who represented much of the district from 1995 to 2001, won a party runoff on April 2.

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