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We haven't heard from Mark Sanford — the former governor of South Carolina, hiking enthusiast, and serial adulter — in quite a while, but according to Roll Call, Sanford is "studying" a possible run for the House seat to be vacated by Tim Scott, the Republican congressman whom Gov. Nikki Haley officially tapped Monday afternoon to replace Jim DeMint. From Abby Livingston at Roll Call:

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is being approached by local conservatives to run for Republican Rep. Tim Scott’s soon-to-be-vacant House seat — and is considering it — according to two sources in the state. Sanford previously occupied the same Charleston-based seat in the 1990s.

The Republican ex-governor is “studying” a run for the 1st District and making a political comeback, according to one well-placed South Carolina source.

The report follows (real) speculation that Haley might choose Sanford's ex-wife, Jenny, to replace DeMint, and a (sadly unreal) effort by Stephen Colbert to replace him instead.

Sanford appeared as a commentator on Fox News throughout the campaign this year, in a  surprisingly well received public comeback for a Republican star once thought to be a presidential contender, until he disappeared on a trip to "the Appalachian trail" that turned out to be a cover-up for a longtime affair. He proposed to his former lover in August.

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