Mark Sanford is trying for a political comeback.
Sanford is planning to run for the Congressional seat he held almost a decade ago, a Republican source familiar with his thinking told CNN late Thursday.
Sanford intends to seek the Republican nomination in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District, a seat being vacated by Rep. Tim Scott, who was appointed to the United States Senate earlier this week by Gov. Nikki Haley.
…Sanford’s first test, the Republican primary, is likely to happen in late March.
Under South Carolina law, the primary must take place 11 weeks after Scott officially resigns his House seat. He is expected to do so in early January.
A runoff election would take place two weeks after the primary, if no candidate receives a majority of votes, followed by a special election in May, a contest that will strongly favor the Republican nominee given the district’s GOP-friendly map.
Sanford, who resides in the Charleston area, represented the coastal district from 1995 to 2001 and had a conservative, almost libertarian voting record, often taking lonely stands on the House floor alongside Rep. Ron Paul of Texas.