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Andy Cobb spoofs Mark Sanford's hike on the Appalachian Trail
The irony of today's Republican primary for South Carolina's First District is obvious: the one candidate who won't be told to take a hike is none other than former Gov. Mark Sanford—the guy who singlehandedly turned "Hiking the Appalachian Trail" into a euphemism for transcontinental infidelity.

The fact that he's likely to finish in first doesn't mean he's going to win the nomination today, however. As David Nir writes in today's Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest, there will be a runoff election on April 2 unless Sanford or one of the 15 other Republicans manages to break 50 percent. That will almost certainly not happen, so even if Sanford does ultimately return to Congress, he's got at least two more elections ahead of him not including tonight's.

Whoever wins the April 2 runoff will face Elizabeth Colbert Busch, Stephen Colbert's sister, in the general election on May 7, 2013. Assuming Sanford does ultimately get the nomination, it will be a fun campaign to follow, if nothing else. Sure, Mitt Romney won the district by 18 points in 2012, so it's a pretty heavily Republican district, but just the thought of a campaign where you could conceivably run an ad morphing Mark Sanford, John Edwards, and Scott DesJarlais is enough to make me chuckle.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 07:50 AM PDT.

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