Former governor Mark Sanford may be a future congressman.
On Tuesday night, Sanford won a Republican runoff in South Carolina’s 1st congressional district against Curtis Bostic.
The race wasn’t close. Sanford won, 57 percent to 43 percent, and swept most of the deep-red district, which includes Charleston.
Bostic, a longtime local politician, struggled to compete with Sanford, who faced criticism for his past adultery but managed to win over conservatives.
“This has been an amazing journey,” Sanford said, speaking to his supporters. “God may be a God of second chances, but at times, voters are a little less forgiving.” He said he was “incredibly humbled” by the victory.
Republican operatives expect Sanford to win in the general election, but Democratic nominee Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert, has a national fundraising base and is looking increasingly competitive.
As the returns came in, NR’s Betsy Woodruff discussed the race on MSNBC: