The former Governor of South Carolina won the House seat in South Carolina’s 1st district, not necessarily because people were excited to vote for him but because his opponent, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, had a big D next to her name.

Sanford beat Colbert Busch 54- 45 percent according to the Associated Press.

In a thank you speech to supporters, Sanford acknowledged the steep hill he had climbed to come back.

"If it was just about market based ideas and limited government this campaign would have been won a long time ago. But I have deficiencies that are well documented as a candidate and at the end of the day I was carried across the threshold [by supporters]," he said.

"I am one imperfect man saved by God’s grace, but one who has a conviction on the importance of doing something about spending in Washington DC and it’s my pledge to you going forward that I’m going to try and be the best Congressman I have ever been," he added.

Mark Sanford’s Comeback Complete

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