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Mark Sanford won back his old seat in the U.S. House, edging Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the older sister of Stephen Colbert, in a South Carolina special election.

Mark Sanford, Elizabeth Colbert Busch

The state's former two-term Republican governor overcame a series of missteps to earn about 54 percent of the vote in the conservative-leaning district.

Elizabeth Colbert Busch would have been the first Democrat to represent South Carolina's 1st congressional district in 30 years, but came up just short.

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Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford won a runoff Tuesday for the GOP nomination for the vacant U.S. House seat he once held for three terms.

In May, the Republican will face Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, sister of comedian Stephen Colbert, in a special election for U.S. Congress.

Sanford, Busch

"It's been a very long journey, and I am humbled to find ourselves where we find ourselves tonight," said Sanford, whose political career once looked doomed.

As sitting governor, he disappeared from the state only to return to acknowledge an extramarital affair with an Argentine woman, Maria Belen Chapur.

Chapur and Sanford, who has four sons with ex-wife Jenny Sanford, are now engaged. Chapur appeared at Sanford's side during his victory speech.

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