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Mark Sanford

May 7, 2013 — The former South Carolina governor whose political career seemed to end in ignominy in 2010 defeated Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, 54 percent to 45 percent. The Republican's career had unraveled following a highly publicized extramarital affair in 2009.
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May 7, 2013Updated at 9:29 pm ET — Former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford handily won the race for his old House seat, beating Elizabeth Colbert Bush. Earlier in the day, both sides expressed confidence that apparently strong voter turnout was a good omen. And it was — for Sanford.
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May 7, 2013 — History says that if a sitting vice president wants to succeed his retiring boss, the nomination is usually his. Think: Nixon '60, Humphrey '68, Bush '88, Gore '00. But history may not help Joe Biden in 2016.
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Apr 29, 2013 — The Republican's bid to salvage a political career and the Democrat's effort to start one collided in a vigorous debate just eight days before South Carolina voters decide whom to send to Washington. The fast-paced hour in Charleston, S.C., marked the only face-to-face meeting of the candidates.
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Apr 17, 2013 — It's wrong, and journalistically lazy, to lump together every politician who was ever involved in a sex scandal. Still, there are a lot of similarities between Mark Sanford and Anthony Weiner — at least in their post-scandal "script."
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Apr 11, 2013 — Politicians who were caught up in sex scandals have often achieved second careers in media and lobbying. Now, some want to return to elective office.
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Mar 25, 2013 — Is it too soon to be thinking about 2016? Not really, especially after watching Hillary Clinton talk on same-sex marriage and Rand Paul on changes to immigration policy. Plus: a brief history of the GOP's rise in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District.
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Mar 20, 2013 — Elizabeth Colbert Busch will be the Democratic nominee, while Sanford heads to a runoff. Both are competing for a congressional seat left vacant when Tim Scott was appointed to the Senate.
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Mar 11, 2013 — Forget about 2012 presidential burnout. The 2016 campaign has already begun, at least according to what has been written in the past week about Jeb Bush's new book on immigration. Plus: Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) won't run again in 2014.
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Jan 30, 2013 — The former South Carolina governor hopes to make a comeback by winning a special election to his old House seat. He'll have to overcome a large field filled with current officeholders and quasi-celebrities such as Ted Turner's son and Stephen Colbert's sister
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