MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. — Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford cleared another hurdle Tuesday in his bid for a political comeback, defeating a former county council member to win the GOP nomination for a vacant U.S. House seat.
With 96 percent of precincts reporting, Sanford had about 57 percent of the vote to 43 percent for Curtis Bostic, a former Charleston County Council member. The candidates were vying Tuesday in a GOP runoff in the 1st Congressional District, which covers the south coast.
Sanford will face Elizabeth Colbert Busch and Green Party candidate Eugene Platt in a May special election. Busch is the sister of political satirist Stephen Colbert.
Sanford, a former three-term congressman and two-term governor, saw his political career sidelined four years ago when he disappeared from the state only to return and confess to an extramarital affair with an Argentine woman to whom he is now engaged.
Earlier Tuesday, Sanford said that results from the primary would give a good indication whether voters have moved past his personal indiscretions.
"I think tonight's verdict will say a lot as to where people are or are not on that," Sanford said after voting in his downtown Charleston precinct. "I suppose at some level, I will never completely move beyond that."