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Surviving a Scandal: Politicians Who Bounced Back

By Michael Tackett And Emma Fidel - 2013-07-08T20:57:46Z

Photograph by Davis Turner/Getty Images

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Mark Sanford

South Carolina voters might have told former Governor Mark Sanford to take a hike when he announced his run for the U.S. House in January. Sanford resigned in 2009 after revealing he hadn’t trekked the Appalachian Trail as he claimed, but instead had flown to Argentina to visit his mistress. Voters forgave him on May 7, choosing Sanford over Stephen Colbert’s sister, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, for the House seat, 54 percent to 45 percent.

Left: Sanford speaks during a press conference at the State Capitol in Columbia, South Carolina, on June 24, 2009.