Daniel Doherty

After a short and sweet special election campaign in South Carolina’s first congressional district -- a race that was too close to call as recently as Monday -- former Governor Mark Sanford has been declared tonight’s winner. Hooray?

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — 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 (kohl-BEHR'). 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.

Though Sanford’s electoral prospects were looking rather bleak for a while, it seems the former governor has pulled it off. Stay tuned for Guy’s post-election analysis.


Daniel Doherty

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