MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) — Former Republican South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has resurrected his political career, easily defeating Democrat Elizabeth Colbert (KOHL'-buhrt) Busch to reclaim his old congressional seat.
Sanford told a cheering crowd of more than 100 supporters after his election victory on Tuesday that he has experienced human grace as he came back from political scandal to rebuild his political career.
He said that, unless you experience God's grace, you really don't get it and he says he didn't get it before when his career was sidelined by a scandal in which he admitted an extramarital affair.
But Sanford is now heading back to Congress in the district he represented for three terms in the 1990s. He defeated Colbert Busch, the sister of political satirist Stephen Colbert. With 87 percent of the precincts reporting, Sanford had 54 percent of the vote.