(Associated Press) Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) was endorsed by the Tea Party Express in the special election for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District.

The endorsement came Saturday, three days before voting in the special election.

“While Elizabeth Colbert Busch attempts to portray herself as a moderate who wants to rein in spending and give lip-service to attacking Obamacare, we know this is not the case,” Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer said in a statement. “As the old saying goes ‘you are who you surround yourself with.’ In the case of Colbert Busch, that is Nancy Pelosi, Big Labor, and progressive Super PACs.

“We need leaders like Governor Mark Sanford in office if we are ever going to grow our economy and end the reckless spending and debt that plagues Washington,” Kremer continued.

The special election is turning into an unusual match-up, the AP reports.

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