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Sanford picked as GOP nominee in House race

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Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford thanks supporters after advancing to a runoff in a congressional race in the Lowcountry. (March 19, 2013/Source: CNN) Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford thanks supporters after advancing to a runoff in a congressional race in the Lowcountry. (March 19, 2013/Source: CNN)
CHARLESTON, SC (AP/FOX Carolina) -

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has cleared another hurdle in his bid for a political comeback, defeating a former county council member to win the GOP nomination for a vacant U.S. House seat.

With 78 percent of precincts reporting, Sanford had about 56 percent of the vote to 44 percent for Curtis Bostic, a former Charleston County Council member. The candidates were vying Tuesday in a GOP runoff in the 1st Congressional District, which covers the south coast.

Sanford was the top vote-getter two weeks ago in the GOP primary for South Carolina's vacant 1st District congressional seat. He faces former Charleston County councilman Curtis Bostic in the GOP runoff.

When Sanford voted Tuesday, he discounted his lead from two weeks ago, saying there's no such thing as being well ahead in politics.

The winner faces Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert, and Green Party candidate Eugene Platt next month.

Sanford's trying to rebuild his political career after disappearing four years ago only to return to confess he was having an extramarital affair to a woman to whom he is now engaged.

The seat became vacant when Gov. Nikki Haley appointed U.S. Rep. Tim Scott to fill the state's U.S. Senate seat left vacant when Jim DeMint resigned.

Copyright 2013 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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