Mark Sanford Reclaims Congressional Seat

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Four years after a political scandal sidelined his career, former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is heading back to Congress.

Sanford won his old congressional seat Tuesday, with 54 percent of the vote against Democratic rival Elizabeth Colbert Busch.

"We put up a heck of a fight, didn't we?" Colbert Busch told a crowd of supporters in Charleston. "The people have spoken, and I respect their decision."

Sanford left politics in 2009 after admitting he'd traveled to Argentina to visit his mistress, a woman he's now engaged to.
    
He was forced to pay a $70,000 ethics fine for financing the trip with public funds, and his wife, Jenny, divorced him.

"I am one imperfect man saved by God's grace," the Republican told about 100 cheering supporters Tuesday. "It's my pledge to all of you going forward, I'm going to be one of the best congressmen I could have ever been."

Sanford says the grace extended to him by South Carolina voters was a reflection of God's grace.

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