Mark Sanford SC

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) is hoping to accomplish what only a few years ago seemed unthinkable: making a triumphant return to elected office by winning back his old seat in the House.

But a number of local South Carolina Republicans are gearing up to prevent his political comeback.

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Sanford, once a rising star in the GOP, saw his career unravel when he admitted to an affair with an Argentine woman in 2009 after initially claiming he was off hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Now a series of unexpected events have made him the unlikely front-runner in a still-forming field to fill the former House seat of Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.).

Sanford’s near-universal name recognition, his reputation for fundraising prowess, a staunchly conservative fiscal record and the potential for a crowded field could make him tough to beat.

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Read More at The Hill . By Cameron Joseph.

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