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In SC House race, Bostic calls Sanford compromised

Thursday - 3/28/2013, 10:55pm  ET

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, left, greets former Charleston County councilman Curtis Bostic before a debate in Charleston, S.C., on Thursday, March 28, 2013. The two face each other Tuesday in a runoff for the Republican nomination for South Carolina's vacant 1st Congressional District seat. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- The man running against former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford in a GOP runoff for an open congressional seat says Sanford is a compromised candidate who would offer Democrats a chance to win the May 7 special election.

Former Charleston County Council member Curtis Bostic said during a televised debate Thursday night that "a compromised candidate is not what we need" in the race against Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Bush, the sister of political satirist Stephen Colbert.

The runoff is Tuesday.

Sanford disappeared from the state in 2009, telling his staff he was hiking on the Appalachian Trail, only to return to reveal he was having an extramarital affair with an Argentine woman to whom he is now engaged.

Sanford acknowledged he "failed very publically" but said he has done a lot of soul searching since then. He added, "Not since Jesus Christ was here has there been a perfect man or woman."

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