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Topic - Gibbs Knotts
Mark Sanford's plea for forgiveness succeeded with South Carolina voters on Tuesday, and now his Republican colleagues will have to decide whether they, too, can forgive him.
Republican Mark Sanford's campaign for South Carolina's open House seat was slumping two weeks ago when he gambled on a stunt many at the time ridiculed: He "debated" a life-size poster-photo of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
With Republican candidate Mark Sanford surging ahead in Tuesday's special congressional election in South Carolina, the party is increasingly hopeful it can avoid an embarrassing defeat in a district that analysts said it should have been able to hold easily.
President Obama's health care law may be a partisan flash point on Capitol Hill, but unique factors have forced it to play a supporting role in spring campaigns to fill empty seats in Congress.
After giving Mark Sanford the cold shoulder for months, the Republican establishment slowly is warming to the former governor's campaign for South Carolina's open House seat, with several key Republicans weighing in with endorsements in recent days.
Mark Sanford is asking South Carolinians for their forgiveness -- and their votes. The disgraced former Republican governor, who quietly left office two years ago after a bizarre high-profile extramarital affair in 2009, is back on the ballot, running in a March 19 special-election primary to fill the House seat vacated by Tim Scott's December appointment to the Senate.
They "ultimately were going to vote for him but they wanted to keep that between them and the voting booth and not necessary tell a pollster," he said.
Gibbs Knotts, chairman of the political science department at South Carolina's College of Charleston, agreed that House Republican leaders can't afford to ignore Mr. Sanford and his vote on the chamber floor.