Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford won 37 percent of the votes in the special GOP primary for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District. He held that seat for three terms, 1995-2001, before he ran for governor.
This time around, the race been harder since his affair with an Argentine woman took the shine off of his final year in office in 2009. He pronounced himself “dead…politically.” Now, more than three years later, Libertarian-leaning Sanford says he could not resist a return to politics, because he does not agree with how much the federal government is spending and how little attention is being given the national debt. This from a man who was known for sleeping on his congressional office couch to save money.
The style of his primary campaign so far has reflected that same style: spray-painted boards instead of printed signs, and he has spent about $90,000 in the first two months, with more than $364,000 cash on hand.
This election may determine if he has an immediate political future.