Ex-SC. Gov. Sanford wins runoff, claims GOP nomination for old House seat 4 years after affair


MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. — Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has cleared another hurdle in his bid for a political comeback, defeating a former county council member to win the GOP nomination for a vacant U.S. House seat.

With 78 percent of precincts reporting, Sanford had about 56 percent of the vote to 44 percent for Curtis Bostic, a former Charleston County Council member. The candidates were vying today in a GOP runoff in the 1st Congressional District, which covers the south coast.

Sanford will face Elizabeth Colbert Busch and Green Party candidate Eugene Platt in a May special election. She is the sister of political satirist Stephen Colbert.

Sanford's political career was derailed four years ago by his admission of an extramarital affair.