Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) completed a political comeback on Tuesday by defeating his Democratic opponent Elizabeth Colbert Busch.
The Associated Press projected Sanford to be the winner of the special election for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District.
In his acceptance speech, Sanford acknowledged “God’s role in all this” and thanked God for sending him “angels.”
“I am one imperfect man saved by God’s grace,” he said before pledging to be the “best congressman” the district has seen.
After facing a 9 point gap in the polls two week ago, Sanford jumped into a one point lead just days before the election.
“Congratulations to Mark Sanford for winning tonight’s special election,” National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) said in a statement. “These results demonstrate just how devastating the policies of Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi are for House Democrats in 2014. Democrats spent more than $1 million trying to elect a candidate who was backed by the Democrat machine, but at the end of the day, running on the Obama-Pelosi ticket was just too toxic for Elizabeth Colbert Busch.”