US House battle brewing among SC Republicans

By BILL BARROW and BRUCE SMITHAssociated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A congressional primary along the South Carolina coast has emerged as a free-for-all driven more by personality than debate over party direction.

Former Gov. Mark Sanford headlines the list of 16 candidates. He's attempting a comeback almost four years after disclosing an extramarital affair with a woman who's now his fiancee.

The primary is Tuesday, with the probable GOP runoff set for early April.

The nominee will be favored in the May 7 general election to succeed Tim Scott, the congressman who's now in the Senate.

Scott became the South's first African-American senator since Reconstruction when Gov. Nikki Haley appointed him to the seat after fellow Republican Jim DeMint resigned. Scott joined the Senate in January.

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