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Mark Sanford comeback: four reasons for his improbable win (+video)

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(Read caption) Former Gov. Mark Sanford speaks to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about winning South Carolina's Congressional election against Democratic nominee Elizabeth Colbert Busch.
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Talk about a comeback.

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) “left office as one of the nation’s top political pariahs,” with a “political career left for dead,” only to “return from the political graveyard” in a race that epitomized political redemption.

And the race wasn’t even close, as polls had predicted: Sanford crushed opponent Elizabeth Colbert Busch, 54 to 45 percent, winning all five counties in South Carolina's First Congressional District.

This, for a guy who wove himself into such a tangled web, his own party abandoned him – and political opponents had nothing to do but sit back and watch.

In case you’ve forgotten, then-Governor Sanford disappeared from office for six days in June 2009, and his office issued a vague story about him hiking the Appalachian Trail before it was revealed that he was actually having an affair with a paramour in Argentinaon the state’s “time and dime." For this, he was slapped with 37 ethics charges and had to pay $70,000 in ethics fines, the largest amount in state history. Then, there was the messy divorce from his popular wife and the recent charge brought by his ex-wife that he had trespassed on her property.


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