Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, whose rising political star suddenly collapsed in a bizarre sex scandal, will reportedly attempt a political comeback starting within the next few days.
According to CNN, citing “a Republican source familiar with his thinking,” Mr. Sanford will run in the upcoming special election for the U.S. House seat he held from 1995 to 2001.
“He’s looking all but certain to do it,” a former top aide to Mr. Sanford told CNN, adding that a formal announcement will come soon.
The seat in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District was made open earlier this week by Gov. Nikki Haley’s appointment of Rep. Tim Scott to fill the U.S. Senate slot being opened by the resignation of Sen. Jim DeMint.
The Republican primary for the seat in the conservative district along South Carolina’s Atlantic coast likely will take place in late March, with the general election to follow in May. Because of the short campaign, name recognition likely will matter more than in most elections, which would make Mr. Sanford the frontrunner.
After serving six years in the House, Mr. Sanford was twice elected governor and was reportedly considering a 2012 Republican presidential bid when a several-day absence and revelations of an adulterous affair made national headlines.