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Ex-SC Gov. Sanford thanks God for political resurrection

May 8th, 2013 - National News

— Former Republican South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has thanked God for reviving his political career.

Sanford won back his old congressional seat Tuesday. The seat became vacant when U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint resigned from his Senate seat last year. Governor Nikki Haley then appointed the sitting congressman, Tim Scott, to fill DeMint's seat.

Sanford saw his political career disintegrate four years ago when he disappeared for five days, telling his staff he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. He returned to admit he had been in Argentina with his mistress — a woman to whom he is now engaged. Sanford later paid a $70,000 ethics fine, the largest in state history, for using public money to fly for personal purposes. His wife, Jenny, divorced him.

At his victory party, Sanford said, "I am one imperfect man saved by God's grace."

He said South Carolina's voters had extended him human grace that was a reflection of God's grace.

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