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South Carolinians react to Sanford's win

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Aiken County, SC (WFXG) -

Mark Sanford wins the congressional race, now representing on a fraction of his former constituents in the First District of South Carolina. His actions while he was governor left many with a tainted impression; now many people have mixed feelings about him being back in office.

"I'm glad I'm not one of those voters that had to make that call," said Tami Burke of Aiken.

"We should forgive Mark and move on and allow him to move on with his career," said Grace Krecker of Aiken.

Moving on with his career is exactly what Sanford his doing. The former South Carolina governor now represents the district that stretches from Hilton Head to the middle part of the South Carolina coast, including Charleston.

Despite the political and personal controversies during his career as governor has many people wondering if South Carolinians have forgiven him.

"Obviously, he got elected and I would guess that the South Carolinians think that he probably didn't do a bad job as governor so they think that maybe he will still do a good job for them," said Linda Steinle of Aiken.

"He might have been the better option, which you know politics is power," said Burke.  

"I'm glad that Mark won the election considering that his opponent had done jail time and he did not," said Bill Steinle of Aiken.

Two candidates with questionable backgrounds, many residents in Aiken were relieved they didn't have to make that decision.

"I think I would have to [vote for Sanford] either that or I wouldn't have voted," said Steinle.

"I believe that you should vote, it's our responsibility," said Burke. "It's our right and so that would put me in a  real dilemma about whether I voted for what I stood for or whether I voted for the people that I want to represent me and their character."

Regardless, Sanford now has a chance to redeem himself in the First District of South Carolina. 

Political experts said he is likely to be sworn in next week.

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