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Sanford Votes, Says It's A Treat To Run For Office

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Former Gov. Mark Sanford has cast his vote in a special congressional primary in South Carolina, saying it is "a treat and a blessing" for him to be able to run for office again. Former Gov. Mark Sanford has cast his vote in a special congressional primary in South Carolina, saying it is "a treat and a blessing" for him to be able to run for office again.
CHARLESTON, S.C. -

Former Gov. Mark Sanford has cast his vote in a special congressional primary in South Carolina, saying it is "a treat and a blessing" for him to be able to run for office again.

Sanford is one of 16 Republicans vying in Tuesday's GOP primary in the 1st Congressional District. He walked alone up the street and up a flight of stairs to the polling place in Charleston's historic district.

It's his first election since disappearing while governor in 2009 and then returning to admit an affair with an Argentine woman. They are now engaged. Sanford said after voting that life can be a series of course corrections and that he hopes voters give him a second chance.

There are two Democratic candidates. One is Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert.

Sanford's Political Future In Hands Of SC Voters

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's hopes for a political comeback are now in the hands of coastal South Carolina voters.

Sanford is one of 16 Republicans vying in Tuesday's special GOP primary in the state's 1st Congressional District.

It's his first election since he disappeared from the state while governor in 2009 and then returned to admit an affair with an Argentine woman to whom he is now engaged. Another Republican candidate is Teddy Turner, the son of media magnate Ted Turner.

There are two candidates in the Democratic primary. One is Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert.

The 1st District seat became vacant last year when Republican Gov. Nikki Haley appointed then-congressman Tim Scott to the U.S. Senate seat of Republican Jim DeMint, who resigned.

Crowded SC 1st District Field To Be Whittled

Voters are about to whittle down the crowded field in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District and have a say in whether former Gov. Mark Sanford has a political future.

Voters go to the polls Tuesday in primaries in the district along the state's south coast.

There are 16 Republicans on the ballot including Sanford and Teddy Turner, the son of media owner Ted Turner. There are only two Democrats - Elizabeth Colbert Bush, the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert - and perennial candidate Ben Frasier.

It is Sanford's first run for office since a 2009 scandal in which he admitted an affair that derailed his political career.

 The seat became vacant when Gov. Nikki Haley appointed Tim Scott to fill the U.S. Senate seat left empty when Jim DeMint resigned.

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