Ex-SC Gov. Mark Sanford back in political office

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford crosses the street after voting at a polling place in Charleston, S.C., Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Sanford, a Republican, and Colbert Busch, a Democrat and sister of political satirist Stephen Colbert, are to face off for the 1st Congressional District seat, that was vacated when Tim Scott was appointed to the U.S. Senate. Green Party candidate Eugene Platt also is on the ballot. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
May 7, 2013 8:28:41 PM PDT
Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has redeemed a political career sidelined by scandal by winning his old congressional seat.

Sanford defeated Elizabeth Colbert (KOHL'-buhrt) Busch Tuesday in the state's 1st Congressional District. Colbert Busch is the sister of political satirist Stephen Colbert. With 71 percent of precincts reporting, Sanford has 54 percent of the vote.

At one time, Sanford was mentioned as a possible GOP presidential contender.

But his career unraveled when, as governor four years ago, he disappeared for five days, telling his staff he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. He returned to admit he had been in Argentina with his mistress. Sanford later paid a $70,000 ethics fine, the largest in state history.

Sanford has never lost a political race.


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