The South Carolina primary is open to all registered voters in the state, regardless of party. The ballots have already been set to include nine candidates.
That doesn’t mean Colbert won’t be showing up on future polls.
A PPP poll released Tuesday found that Colbert drew 5 percent support in South Carolina, ahead of GOP candidate Jon Huntsman, who does appear on the ballot.
Huntsman shrugged off the results in a recent interview on Fox News.
"Well, when I was on his show recently, he promised me the Colbert bump. I think we're getting that here in New Hampshire," he said. "Now I'm going to be looking for the Colbert bump in South Carolina."
Colbert mocked Huntsman’s response on his show, saying the “Colbert bump” seemed to have deflected off Huntsman and back onto Colbert.
It’s not the first time Colbert has leveraged his position to interact with the election cycle or comment on campaign finance laws.
Colbert attempted a run for president in 2008 by seeking to appear on South Carolina’s ballot. His bid was refused by the state Democratic Party.
Last year, Colbert sought to shed light on campaign finance law by filing to form his own super-PAC. The Federal Election Commission ruled in Colbert’s favor in June, allowing him to form a political action committee and use his show to promote it.
"I am sorry to say, we won,” Colbert said at the time.
On Thursday’s show, Colbert handed over control of his super-PAC to fellow Comedy Central host Jon Stewart, in order to follow federal election laws that demand no coordination between candidates and super-PACs supporting them. They renamed the PAC the “Definitely Not Coordinating with Stephen Colbert Super PAC.”
On the show, Colbert credited the landmark 2010 Supreme Court case that ruled independent spending for political purposes was protected under the first amendment.
“Thank you, God bless you, and God bless Citizens United,” Colbert said.