Washington (CNN) – Just when you thought the race for the South Carolina U.S. Senate seat could not get more unusual, there's a new twist.
Famed South Carolina chef and cookbook author Nathalie Dupree has entered the race as a write-in candidate. She tells CNN she was motivated to launch the long-shot campaign after reading an article last week about GOP incumbent Sen. Jim DeMint's refusal to sign off on a congressional earmark of $400,000 to study dredging for the port of Charleston.
The study was designed to help allow the port to accommodate larger boats – thereby helping the state's economy.
"I just got angry," Dupree says. "Jim DeMint would not sign off on it."
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