Open thread: Mark Sanford vs. Curtis Bostic in SC-1 Republican runoff; Update: AP calls it for Sanford

posted at 6:41 pm on April 2, 2013 by Allahpundit

The polls close at 7 p.m. ET. If you missed Guy Benson’s Greenroom post yesterday, aptly titled, “So, this ‘Republican nominee Mark Sanford’ thing is probably happening, huh?,” read it now for a snapshot of the hubris that defines Team Sanford. I thought nothing could top it. Then I read this:

Sanford said he would place a term limit on himself once again, as he did after three terms in Congress during the 1990s. But he did not say by how many terms he would limit himself this time

“I don’t need a job. … I don’t need this for the money,” he said, adding that he has disclosed his financial interest on a federally required form that shows nearly $200,000 in earnings in 2012 for providing commentary on Fox News and serving on two corporate boards. He also earned more than $100,000 from rent, capital gains and partnerships.

Sanford said his motivation in seeking office is to “make a difference” for his children and “for your kids, for your grandkids.”

He lied when he promised to serve only three terms in Congress, but now we should believe that he’ll abide by his new term-limits promise — even though he refuses to tell anyone what it is yet. Perfection. And as for the money, of course he’s not in it for that. How many people with the wherewithal to run for Congress are in it for the salary and future lobbying proceeds? They’re in it for the power and for the personal validation. I wonder which of those weighs most heavily with Sanford — the desire to be Somebody again, or the desire to be granted semi-official absolution by South Carolina voters for his political sins four years ago. Initially I thought it was goofy that he’d campaign on the idea of “second chances”; after all, wouldn’t that just remind South Carolinians of what he’d done? But now I think maybe it was crafty insofar as it turned the race into a referendum on his own redemption. People like to see someone they once cared about redeemed. If he wins tonight, that’s how he’ll spin the victory. It’s a clever pitch, even if it amounts to little more than asking SC-1 to reward him with high office for showing basic human contrition over what he did to his family.

Ed previewed the race this morning. Sanford’s the favorite tonight, having won 37 percent in the first round of the primary two weeks ago amid a huge field of candidates, but no one knows how that’ll shake out now that he’s down to a binary choice with Curtis Bostic. What happens to the 63 percent that he didn’t win? Do they split between the two on the merits or do they unite in an anti-Sanford vote? I haven’t seen a page for election returns yet but I assume The State, Politico, and/or WCSC will have the numbers posted on their respective front pages once the polls close.

Update: Politico will have live results right here. And the AP has results here county by county.

Update (Erika): Oh, this is happening, all right — today, we spell redemption M-A-R-K, apparently. With 78 percent of precincts reporting, the Associated Press is calling it for Sanford with over 55 percent of the vote.

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unseen on April 3, 2013 at 4:49 AM

Boy I bet you’re not used to being called “sheeple” and establishment and blah-blah-blah….

I would recommend CNN or Fox or MSNBC to actually carry the Colbert/Sanford debates for huge ratings purposes. It’s never been what Sanford means to his district, he’s another nail in the coffin for the Santorum types.

Marcus on April 3, 2013 at 5:59 AM

So much for the GOP picking better candidates this time around.

DRayRaven on April 3, 2013 at 6:10 AM


AmeriCuda on April 3, 2013 at 12:17 AM

Buh bye, assclown.

Jaibones on April 3, 2013 at 6:26 AM

Congratulations to the Republican voters of the 1st CD!

As usual, South Carolinians don’t like a bunch of carpetbagging outsiders telling us what to do. You half-wits were backing an establishment tool in Bostic who never found any spending he would vote against and still never found any federal program he would cut. He’s no Tea Party guy, by any stretch of imagination.

Still, he gave a good showing, usually you Huckabee/Santorum clowns have to stick to greener pastures in the upstate.

AP: So Sanford “lied” when he pledged to serve only three terms? He left Congress as promised after three terms – a dozen years ago. If you choose to call coming back to run again as a non-incumbent more than a decade later “lying,” then it only proves you are idiot.

Adjoran on April 2, 2013 at 11:27 PM

I am not from South Carolina, however, do business with many in the state. They all profess the same sentiments as you do. Sanford is very much respected by conservatives because he actually got the job done. The situation with his wife, mistress
was extremely uncomfortable for them; while they filed it under
“his personal business” they also were horrified by all of it.
They were horrified because they didn’t want Sanford out of office
because he was one of the good guys.

Hopefully he will be reelected.

And who is without sin can cast the first stone. There are a lot of non sinners posting on this site!/sarc (stones flying all over the place).

Amjean on April 3, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Was this primary ” open ” ?

Could Sanford get votes from registered Democrats who will not vote or him in the election?

If its open, I could see a lot of this strategic voting going on.

And his Democrite opponent is a jilted – once divorced female ?

Oy vey.

FlaMurph on April 3, 2013 at 8:21 AM

The situation with his wife, mistress
was extremely uncomfortable for them; while they filed it under
“his personal business” they also were horrified by all of it.
They were horrified because they didn’t want Sanford out of office
because he was one of the good guys.

Well the MoveOn.ORG crowd taught them well. It’s amazing how “personal business” works well when it’s your team.

Marcus on April 3, 2013 at 8:29 AM

As a Charleston native, I’m truly ashamed that my hometown managed to beclown itself by electing this guy. You think people would know better.

The voter turnout was pathetic, which makes this Sanford victory even worse. I’d be willing to bet my paycheck that my family members down there didn’t even vote.

ICBMMan on April 3, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Sanford is a known name with experience – that’s his edge. SO THE [email protected] WHAT?! Shame on the South Carolinian GOP members who ever jumped on the Clinton Impeachment band-wagon and demanded he step down and then who just voted fr Sanford.

Clinton had an affair, lied about it, and – according to Liberals – was Impeached for it. WRONG! Clinton was a slease-bag his whole life but was Impeached for lying under oath in a court of law, thereby attempting to strip an American of her right to a fair trial. He broke the law by doing this (lying under oath), for which he held in Contempt and stripped of his license to practice law. During that time Sanford stood on the Moral platform, rebuked Clinton for his immoral behavior, and demanded he step down.

Sanford proved to be just as big of a personal slease-bag by committing adultery as well and lying about it…then defending it, arguing his and Clinton’s circumstances were different.

Sanford abandpned the constituents of SC – his people – in favor of his own personal benefit — he went awol, leaving the state & his duties/responsibilities behind without thought. I could care less about his adultery….what bothers me is he proved to be a HYPOCRITE, that – like every other self-serving POS in Washington – he has proven his job and his responsibility.loyalty to his constituents comes SECOND to his own personal gain/benefit. As the sayong goes, leopards can’t change their spots!

For those who chose him in the runoff, good luck with that going forward. I am not saying I prefer/preferred the alternative, just that my prefered alternative over Sanford would have been/will be ‘None of the Above’!

easyt65 on April 3, 2013 at 10:20 AM

If Sanford is elected to the House, will his Argentinian soul mate influence his vote on illegal immigration?

Steve Z on April 3, 2013 at 10:58 AM

And people wonder why the GOP is a total a joke…

Sanford is a disgrace.

Im calling it right now…..Lindsay Graham is reelected in 2014.

Way to go South Carolina.

alecj on April 3, 2013 at 12:19 PM