Mark Sanford faces runoff in House seat bid

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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Former Gov. Mark Sanford says he believes in "a God of second chances," now that he has cleared the first hurdle toward reviving a political career that was derailed by an extramarital affair.

Sanford advanced Tuesday night to an April 2 Republican primary runoff for an open congressional seat in a southern coastal district. He easily outdistanced the other 15 Republicans in the field. But with only 37 percent of the vote, he will face the second-place finisher. Unofficial results showed former Charleston County Councilman Curtis Bostic in second place.

On the Democratic side, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, a sister of Comedy Central political satirist Stephen Colbert, easily won the Democratic primary to earn a spot on the May 7 general election ballot.

The race has drawn national attention because of Sanford's well-known fall from power and Colbert Busch's relationship to Colbert, who parodies a conservative political commentator as host of TV's "The Colbert Report."

The House seat was vacated by Tim Scott, who was appointed to the U.S. Senate to replace fellow Republican Jim DeMint, now head of The Heritage Foundation.

Colbert Busch is on leave from her job as director of business development for Clemson University's Wind Turbine Drive Testing Facility in North Charleston.-- AP

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