Colbert lost in a spirited 13-3 defeat in front of the South Carolina Democratic Party’s Executive Committee. State legislator Gilda Cobb-Hunter weighed in to MTV News.

“I was looking forward to seeing if [Colbert’s participation] would increase participation by young people,” Cobb-Hunter added. “We’ll never know now.” She described Thursday’s debate by the Executive Council of the Democratic Party Executive Committee as “vigorous,” spearheaded by a “well-organized” group of 13 that she said seemed determined to keep Colbert off the ballot. “I would love to see that kind of energy put toward party building — they were ginned up,” she said, adding jokingly, “[Like,] ‘We have to save the state from Stephen Colbert!’ Which I think is hilarious.”