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February 7, 2016

South Carolina: Jenny Sanford Has No Plans to Endorse in Special Election

Former South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford has no plans to endorse in the 1st District special election that includes her ex-husband, former Gov. Mark Sanford.

Democrats plugged into Palmetto State politics previously speculated that if she would endorse the Democrat in the race, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, it would serve as a death blow to her former husband’s campaign. But that scenario is not materializing.

Jenny Sanford wrote CQ Roll Call in an email:

“I don’t have any thoughts on the race that I am currently interested in sharing with the public and I have no plans to endorse,” she said. “I remain completely focused on the four wonderful men in my life and happily so.”

In 2009, Mark Sanford disappeared from South Carolina for several days when he was governor and still married to Jenny Sanford. He had told his staff he was hiking the Appalachian Trail, but he later admitted to having an extramarital affair with a woman from Argentina.

The special election for this solidly GOP seat is May 7. For Colbert Busch to win, she must win over a large swatch of female voters put off by the former governor’s scandal.

(Read more about the Democrat’s strategy in Roll Call: Colbert Busch Targets Female Voters in First Spot Against Sanford)

In December, CQ Roll Call broke the news that both Sanfords were considering bids for the special election. This is an open-seat race to replace now-Sen. Tim Scott, a Republican who was appointed to the Senate earlier this year.

  • blacknightsc

    by not endorsing via the comment she made, her alleged neutral is rough on her ex.

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