Comedian Colbert tries to sponsor SC primary

COLUMBIA — Comedian Stephen Colbert has tried again to get his name on South Carolina’s presidential primary ballot — only this time he wanted to sponsor the contest.

GOP officials in the state say they met with Colbert to discuss a potential sponsorship of the first-in-the-South Republican primary. Colbert offered more than $100,000 to name the contest the “The Colbert Nation Super PAC Presidential Primary,” but state officials say that recently ended the talks.

The Republican Party has been scrambling to raise more than $800,000 needed for the primary, but they say they will be able to do that.

In 2008, Colbert, who is from Charleston, announced his candidacy for both of South Carolina’s presidential primaries. Democrats squashed his bid and he didn’t follow through on his bid to run as a Republican.

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