Mark Sanford

From the death grip to the vacant stare.

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Decades hence, when we’re telling our baffled grandkids about the historical move away from laws prohibiting adultery, miscegenation, sodomy, gay marriage, and (probably, let’s face it) polygamy, we’ll linger for a while on the crucial events of the last few weeks. This summer has already seen the Supreme Court’s monumental felling of the Defense of Marriage Act.

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On Sex Scandals, Republicans and Democrats Have Switched Places

Democrats used to forgive wayward pols, and the GOP used to banish them. No more.

On sex scandals, Republicans and Democrats have switched places: Democrats used to forgive wayward pols, and the GOP used to banish them. No more.

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"She Had an Abortion": A History of a Political Smear

Elizabeth Colbert Busch isn't the first female candidate to face the insinuation

Elizabeth Colbert Busch isn't the first female candidate to face the insinuation.

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Why It's Difficult to Predict the Outcome of Mark Sanford vs. Elizabeth Colbert Busch

Tuesday's special election in South Carolina is a true toss-up

Tuesday's special election in South Carolina is a true toss-up.

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Take a Hike, Sanford!

How South Carolina's former governor could cost the GOP an easy House seat

Mark Sanford is one step closer to a remarkable political comeback after locking up the Republican nomination for Congress in South Carolina’s First Congressional District on Tuesday. A general election match-up in conservative South Carolina might seem like an easy final leg for Sanford, but there’s no guarantee that he’ll waltz to victory. Next month, Sanford will face off against Elizabeth Colbert Busch—Stephen’s sister—in a deeply conservative district where Democrats don’t usually have a chance. This time, they do.

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Mark Sanford, the former Republican governor of South Carolina who turned “hiking the Appalachian Trail” into an Urban Dictionary entry (discretion advised), is one step closer to completing a surprising political comeback.

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The media scion is still trying get out from under his dad's shadow.

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As Election Day approaches, national pundits are naturally focused on certain highly competitive marquee contests. And when observers need some comic relief from the tension of the campaign trail, there’s always Christine O’Donnell to supply fresh material. But there are a significant number of “sleeper” races around the country that haven’t attracted much national attention, even as they rivet the locals. And one of the most surprising is down in South Carolina, where the once-legendary Nikki Haley’s cakewalk to the governorship is stumbling a bit. Remember Haley?

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The Mental State

Jason Zengerle's 2010 chronicle of South Carolina's nutty politicians.

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