MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. — Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford’s political comeback already hinged on persuading conservative voters in the state’s Lowcountry to forgive him for past infidelity and political mistakes. Now he’ll have to do it with his ex-wife accusing him of repeatedly trespassing in her home.
That revelation prompted the National Republican Congressional Committee to pull its support from the campaign Wednesday, a day after The Associated Press obtained court documents detailing the accusations from Sanford’s ex-wife, Jenny.
The group, which had conducted polling and provided additional resources to the campaign, was blindsided by the news and said it wouldn’t provide more funding or pay for television advertising because officials worriedSanford would have difficulty making inroads with women voters. That blow effectively leaves Sanford on his own with three weeks to go before Election Day.