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Bauer to Sanford: Time to hit the road, Mr. Governor.

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He could have been a contender in 2012.

Now it's looking like South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford might not even make it to the end of his term. On Wednesday morning, Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer called on Sanford to step down, urging Sanford to consider the well-being of the Palmetto State. Bauer, according to the Associated Press, reiterated his offer to back out of the 2010 gubernatorial race if Sanford leaves office now.

Bauer said rumors and discussion of Sanford's impeachment could "dominate next year's legislative session instead of issues like the economy and job creation."

Bauer is the latest in a long line of Republican lawmakers urging Sanford's exit. In late June, for instance, 10 state senators said they wanted the governor gone. And on July 6, the South Carolina Republican Party voted to censure Sanford. (The party never explicitly suggested he resign.)

Still, Sanford clung to his post, claiming that he despite his moral failings, he was still fit for political office. "If the good Lord's going to make changes in your life, you've gotta stick around for the process," Sanford said.

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