GOP Quaking in Its Boots Over Sanford's Chances
Women dislike him, and he's playing defense already
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 3, 2013 10:37 AM CDT
Mark Sanford leaves the voting booth after voting at his precinct in Charleston, SC, on Tuesday, April 2, 2013.   (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

(Newser) – Yesterday, Politico was calling Elizabeth Colbert Busch the underdog in South Carolina's special congressional election; today, the site seems to have changed its tune. It's reporting that Republicans are concerned Mark Sanford's candidacy could cost them a safe seat in a district Mitt Romney took by 18 points. Other Republicans aren't big fans of Sanford: Not a single member of South Carolina's congressional delegation has endorsed him. Women have a 60% unfavorable view of the former governor, a poll finds.

And he's already on the defense after his sex scandal: His campaign thus far has been based on repentance, Politico notes. "It’s going to be virtually impossible for Mark Sanford to attack Colbert Busch," says a former state GOP boss. Plus, she shouldn't have much trouble in the fundraising department, given that brother Stephen Colbert is fighting for her. There's no "slam dunk" for Sanford here, says a GOP official. Polls put the two in a dead heat, and members of the national GOP are ready to send serious cash to back their candidate.

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M_Polk
Apr 7, 2013 8:35 PM CDT
GOP = Family values = Moral values = Morals? I mean really folks...
Iffida
Apr 4, 2013 12:33 PM CDT
Is this the best the RepubliCONS can put up, then they are SOL again.
midget_farmers
Apr 4, 2013 6:52 AM CDT
Dear people of South Carolina .... Now is a great time to tell Mr Sanford to GET A REAL JOB!!!!! It is obvious he is incapable of doing anything other than sucking off the government tit... oh and that of his soul mate...