May 8th, 2013
08:46 AM ET
10 years ago

5 things we learned from Sanford's win

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - Mark Sanford is heading back to Washington after detours along the Appalachian Trail and Argentina.

The former South Carolina governor finished his second term in office three years ago with his political career dead in the water thanks to a well-publicized extra-marital affair and ethics violations. But he came away Tuesday with a victory over Democratic opponent Elizabeth Colbert Busch in the special election for a vacant House seat in the Palmetto State's 1st Congressional District - the same seat he once held.


Filed under: House • Mark Sanford • South Carolina
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    What we learned is that SC doesn't like what the Dem socialists are doing to America.

    May 8, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  2. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Gop voters have to be the dumbest in the country along with Minn with the teahage bachmann !!!!

    May 8, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  3. Larry in Houston

    WoW !! this is truly almost unbelievable !! I guess that's the way it works – it shows you or shall I say gives you Info regarding how the "south" (below the Mason-Dixon line) are a bunch of hypocrites – not to mention that they love to criticize others, while they do the same thing, that they are criticizing others about. In other words, they slam their own guy, but yet they vote for him. LOL – Well, all I can say is this : some people in some states are dumber than a sled track. I say : go Mr. Weiner and everyone else ! ( even the guy that was in the airport restroom, in Minnesota)

    May 8, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  4. Larry in Houston

    Hate to be a bearer of bad tidings – but when I hear or read about McConnell and some of those other republicans that has been in congress term after term after term, this is what I predict will happen. They will get re-elected, why ? because the 25% of the voting people that she lost with – ( I think Sanford was at 75% & Colbert was @ 50%) or something like that. Anyway – the 25% or whatever percentage points she lost by – was because those are the people that don't keep up with current events, or any form of politics. Heck, that 25% probably didn't know Sanford's history, other than they recognized his name on the ballot box. That's why those guys stay in – for life.

    May 8, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  5. Bessy

    I guess you don't get much dumber than the people in So. Carolina. They deserve what they get.

    May 8, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  6. Pete

    Sanfords win yesterday is disgusting and it goes to show how ignorent ,hypocritical the bible toters of S.Carolina really are namely republicans...Anthony Weiner showing pics of his private parts and you critize him like he's a rapist,murderer,a pedophile but again he never showed any skin just clothing,again hypocritical...Sanford using state funds to go to Argentina to have an affair and Weiner again used just his tweeter account for show,no money there folks just more criticism from the sanctumonious righties..When will republicans go back and research their own dirty pasts in McCain,Gingrich and others than learn to keep their mouths shut until they fix the problems their party made on their own,its not finger pointing its just sticking your nose in the crap you left and its the only way we can bring it to your attention,right all saintly ones,what BS!!!

    May 8, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  7. Randy, San Francisco

    Interesting that social conservative family values voters are willing to abandon their holier than thou character, ethical, and moral values beliefs than vote for a Democrat.

    May 8, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  8. Anthony in California

    Okay Republicans.. from here on out.... your "Party of Family Values" is completely dead and gone.
    Why not just start campaigning on what you really stand for "Greed, Money, Immoral Behavior and Hypocrisy"

    May 8, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    people in SC will vote for someone who not only betrayed his marriage vows (not a crime but certainly goes against their boring "family values" drivel) but also abandoned his position and misused public $ for his trysts. Will they be so forgiving to Anthony Weiner if he runs again? Even though his dalliances were less than Appalachian Trail Sanford, the outrage and posturing will be deafening

    May 8, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  10. Sniffit

    "5 things we learned from Sanford's win"

    1. SC is the dumbest, most ridiculously partisan state in the nation.

    2. Numbers 3 through 5 are unnecessary and trying to fill them would just be making things up for the sake of having a list.

    3. See number 2.

    4. See number 2.

    5. See number 2.

    May 8, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  11. Data Driven

    I hated to be right about this. Congratulations, South Carolinians, on electing this moral hypocrite. Well, we all get the leaders we deserve, I guess.

    May 8, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  12. MaryM

    We learn that republicans would vote for cow plop if it has an R on it. AND the election of Sanford proves that republicans don't care about family values or fiscal responsibility. Sanford stole taxpayer money to have his affair

    May 8, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  13. Sniffit

    "Well, I suppose by now it should be obvious to everyone that the Sanford campaign has decided they can't win the contest if they run against Colbert-Busch. Buh-bye, were entertaining, but show's over....tick tock...15 minutes up.
    Looks like you were wrong again, as usual."

    Not at all. He won it by not running against her, but by running against fabricated nonsense, spewing ideological dogma and pulling stunts like talking to a cardboard cutout of Pelosi. I wasn't wrong at all. In fact, I was 100% correct and it just turned out that so was his campaign. They made the right choice by avoiding running against her directly and obviously knew the SC electorate in the 1st district and what would work on them very well.

    May 8, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  14. Bill

    This only confirms that SC is a backwater, political cesspool and the voters there lack any common sense. Enjoy your effluent!!

    May 8, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  15. Chipster

    What I've learned is that Republican voters believe any and everything to talking heads manage to fabricate and that most, if not all of them, have no clue what socialism is. They will never be persuaded by facts, evidence or even reality. The dumbing down of America is just about complete.

    May 8, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  16. MCurtis

    Wow, you guys are harsh And your comments show just how insensitive and judgmental you are. The choices were horrible and, given those choices, SC is certainly not going to vote for a Democrat and thus support the socialism that is going on in Whasington.

    May 8, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |