Mark Sanford

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SANFORD, former governor of South Carolina, after finishing first in a special Republican primary for the vacant seat in the state’s 1st Congressional District. Once a conservative star, Sanford seemed to have a dim political future after he disappeared for six days in 2009, telling aides he was hiking the Appalachian Trail when he was actually visiting his mistress in Argentina (she is now his fiancée). The affair cost him his marriage and a censure, though Sanford finished his term. If he wins a runoff on April 2, Sanford will face Democratic nominee Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert.

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