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Sanford advances to GOP runoff in SC House race

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Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford thanks supporters after advancing to a runoff in a congressional race in the Lowcountry. (March 19, 2013/Source: CNN) Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford thanks supporters after advancing to a runoff in a congressional race in the Lowcountry. (March 19, 2013/Source: CNN)
CHARLESTON, SC (AP) -

Mark Sanford says he believes in "a God of second chances," and now the former South Carolina governor has taken the first step toward reviving a political career that was derailed by an extramarital affair.

Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of political satirist Stephen Colbert, always dreamed of a career in politics - and now she has a chance to realize that dream.

As Sanford advanced Tuesday night to an April 2 GOP runoff for an open congressional seat in a southern coastal district, Colbert Busch easily won the Democratic primary to earn a spot on the May 7 general election ballot.

Colbert Busch would appear to face an uphill battle against the eventual Republican nominee in the conservative-leaning district. Mitt Romney carried it by 18 percentage points last year.

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