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SC ex-governor Sanford seeks comeback from scandal

Monday - 5/6/2013, 4:01pm  ET

Mark Sanford, left, chats with former S.C. Gov. Jim Edwards during a campaign stop at a diner in Mount Pleasant, S.C., on Monday, May 6, 2012. Sanford faces Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert, in a special congressional election in the state's 1st District on Tuesday. Edwards was campaigning for Sanford on Monday. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

BRUCE SMITH
Associated Press Writer

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) -- Former Gov. Mark Sanford campaigned with prominent Republicans while businesswoman Elizabeth Colbert Busch appealed for votes as her campaign bus crossed South Carolina's 1st Congressional District ahead of Tuesday's special election.

Sanford, a Republican, and Colbert Busch, a Democrat and sister of political satirist Stephen Colbert, are to face off for the seat vacated when Tim Scott was appointed to the U.S. Senate. Green Party candidate Eugene Platt also is on the ballot.

Sanford is seeking a political comeback after a scandal erupted in 2009 in his second term as governor over disclosure that the then-married governor had an Argentine mistress.

He campaigned Monday with Jim Edwards, South Carolina's first Republican governor since Reconstruction.

Colbert Busch spent a fourth day Monday riding a blue-and-white campaign bus seeking last-minute votes.


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