By Nick Baum
MONDAY – 9/9/19
Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford announced this weekend that he will launch his primary bid to win the Republican nomination for president in 2020. He will join former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld and former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh in trying to win the Republican nomination over President Donald Trump who is seeking reelection. So far, a President seeking reelection hasn’t lost in their primaries yet.
Sanford has previously been Governor of South Carolina from 2003 to 2011, and was the representative for South Carolina’s 1st District in the House of Representatives from 2013 to 2019, when he lost in the Republican primaries after Trump criticized him in a tweet on election day. Sanford had previously been speculated to make a run for president in both the 2008 and 2012 elections, but declined both.
Despite his popularity with many Republicans and conservatives, Sanford had been the target of controversy over the course of his tenure as governor. In 2009, Sanford disappeared and ceased communication with his staff for six days until he was found on a returning flight from Buenos Aires, when he admitted that he had a an extramarital affair. Many opponents of his alleged that he used public funds in the process, but Sanford rejected. Articles of impeachment were introduced in the South Carolina legislature, but were denied.
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