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Former Gov. Mark Sanford Wins South Carolina U.S. Senate Seat

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford speaks to media after casting his vote on Tuesday.

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has won election to the U.S. Senate, redeeming his political career after it was derailed by scandal four years ago.

Sanford, a Republican, defeated Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch Tuesday in the state's 1st Congressional District. Colbert Busch is the sister of political satirist Stephen Colbert.

With 71 percent of the precincts reporting, Sanford has 54 percent of the vote and The Associated Press has called the race for him.

While governor in 2009, Sanford disappeared for five days telling his staff that he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. He later admitted he'd been in Argentina with his mistress. The ensuing scandal destroyed his marriage and nearly destroyed his political career.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | May 7, 2013 at 9:35 p.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

Vomit-inducing.

This guy is as dirty as they come. Not because he had an affair, but because he used tax-payer money to fund first-class airline tickets for an Argentinian bootie-call.

And the hypocrite voted to impeach Clinton when Clinton had an affair.

Trespassing on his ex-wife's property.

Having "debates" with a cardboard cut-out of Nancy Pelosi and then declaring himself the winner.

This nut job is a big 'ol hot, steamy mess.

His bing back in congress can only degrade that already very unpopular governmental body even further.

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Peking_Duck_SD | May 7, 2013 at 9:38 p.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

Why does this story only mention the affair but not Sanford's use of tax payer money to fund his I tear national playboy jaunts?

The former is, unlike the affair, ILLEGAL.

It's journalistically irresponsible not to include this.

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Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | May 8, 2013 at 10:43 a.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

Just goes to show how entrenched people are with Republicans and Democrats.

In a solid red district, they will vote for a corrupt womanizer over the sister of Steven Colbert. Personally, I think Steven should have run.

But blue districts are just the same:

Just look at Charles Rangel who is way (and I mean waaaay) more corrupt than Sanford. Yet the solid blue idiots in Harlem continue to elect him.

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Avatar for user 'DeLaRick'

DeLaRick | May 8, 2013 at 1:02 p.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

CD,

"Entrenched" is apt. How else could someone who turned the phrase "Hikin' the Appalachian Trail" into a euphemism for dereliction of duty win an election for public office? Had an emergency occured, it would've taken him a full day to return from Argentina.

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Missionaccomplished | May 8, 2013 at 1:13 p.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

A former employer of mine in Chula Vista, a Greek-American Clinton-hating conservative, was all up in arms about his affair. Not long after that this former employer of mine cheated on his wife--who adding insult to injury, was cancer-stricken at the time.

The biggest hypocrites are Right of Center.

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Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | May 8, 2013 at 1:48 p.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

Ha! Thanks Mission, you just proved my point.

You're such an entrenched Democrat you're blind to the corruption of your own party as you point your finger at the other side.

Oh and why is "Greek-American" pertinent information in your example? Are you implying all Greek-Americans are hypocritical womanizing conservatives?

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