Former S.C. governor Sanford advances to GOP runoff in House race

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford advanced Tuesday to a runoff in the Republican contest for an open congressional seat, taking a step toward reviving a political career that was derailed by an extramarital affair while he was governor.

In early returns, it was unclear who Sanford would face in the GOP runoff April 2. Fifteen other Republicans were running, including Teddy Turner, son of media mogul Ted Turner.

The winner will face Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert. She won the Democratic primary for the seat. The general election is May 7.

Tuesday's primary was Sanford's first political race since disappearing while governor in 2009 and then returning to admit an affair with an Argentine woman. They are now engaged.

Sanford voted Tuesday and said it was "a treat and a blessing" to be back on the ballot.

He was one of 16 Republicans running in a special GOP primary in the 1st Congressional District. The seat became vacant last year when Republican Gov. Nikki Haley appointed then-U.S. Rep. Tim Scott to the state's empty U.S. Senate seat.

Former S.C. governor Sanford advances to GOP runoff in House race 03/19/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 11:23pm]

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