The Fall and Rise of Mark Sanford

Can a onetime conservative hero climb back from disgrace? In South Carolina, anything is possible

T.J. Kirkpatrick for TIME

Former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford in Charleston; he is vying for an open seat in Congress.

This is a story about redemption. Or maybe it's about true love. It could be about hubris. There's a very slight possibility it's about dredging the port of Charleston.

But it's probably just a story about how voters sometimes cast their ballots on nothing more than name recognition.

It begins last December, when South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint, a man devoted to Tea Party values of freedom and economic opportunity, resigns midterm to grab a high-paying job running the Heritage Foundation. Governor Nikki Haley then appoints Representative Tim Scott to fill DeMint's Senate seat. This opens up Scott's gig in Congress,...

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