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Democrats gloated.

“House Republicans’ outreach to women voters now has Mark Sanford as the face,” said Rep. Steve Israel, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said in a statement after Sanford’s victory. “Republicans now have to defend him and stand with him until Election Day.”

For now, the back-again congressman and his fiancee savored the day.

Sanford has a lighter side, too. Known for his frugality and fiscally conservative views, Sanford slept on a futon in his House office to save money during his earlier terms in Congress. As governor, he brought two pigs named Pork and Barrel to the Statehouse to protest legislative spending.