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Mark Sanford Dumped By Republican Party

Matt Pressberg |
April 17, 2013 | 6:37 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer

Mark Sanford will not be getting any more money from the Republican Party. (Charleston's TheDigitel/Flickr)
Mark Sanford will not be getting any more money from the Republican Party. (Charleston's TheDigitel/Flickr)
Former South Carolina governor and current congressional candidate Mark Sanford is only one election away from returning to big-time politics—but he’ll have to get there without the help of his national party.

The National Republican Congressional Committee announced Wednesday that it would not be spending any more money in support of Sanford, according to Politico. The committee’s decision comes in the wake of a Tuesday night report by the Associated Press that Sanford’s ex-wife, Jenny Sanford, had filed a court complaint accusing him of trespassing at her home.

While he was governor of South Carolina, Mark Sanford famously went missing for six days in 2009, telling his staff he was going to be hiking the Appalachian Trail, but instead, visiting his then-mistress and now-fiancee in Argentina.  Sanford was spotted at the Atlanta airport returning from Buenos Aires, and shortly after admitted to having an extramarital affair, effectively torpedoing his career.

Sanford is now attempting a political comeback, running for the state’s vacant seat in Congress left open by Tim Scott being named to the United States Senate to replace former Sen. Jim DeMint. He won a 16-way Republican primary March 19 and a runoff April 2, and now faces Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, sister of comedian Stephen Colbert on May 7.

A March 26 poll from Public Policy Polling, well before these new developments, showed Colbert Busch leading Sanford 47 percent to 45 percent.

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