Click here for SC secondary archives. Critics might call the mainline GOP embrace of Sanford cynical, the product not so much of turning a blind eye as not being able to see past the dollar signs Sanford's national connections and deep roots generated a war chest approximately 15 times the size of his closest competitor. More to the point: GOP voters in South Carolina accepted wayward spouse and absentee governor Mark Sanford as their congressional nominee and Senator Mark Kirk, a Republican from Illinois, announced that he now supports marriage equality. Shea-Porter D NJ
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Sanford's return to the fold is also part of a familiar narrative arc; his transgression and return may offend some people, but it doesn't challenge them much. Mark Sanford who showed up and joked he was there for the free Chick-Fil-A lunch. No, really? Espaillat D PA