CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- In a story of political redemption, Mark Sanford is heading back to Congress representing his old South Carolina congressional seat.
The former governor says that while he's an imperfect man, he's one with a deep conviction to go to Washington and help put the nation's fiscal house in order.
Sanford emerged from scandal of an extramarital affair to defeat Elizabeth Colbert Busch on Tuesday in a hotly contested race in the state's 1st Congressional District that brought almost 32 percent of the district's voters to the polls.
Although the race was expected to be close, Sanford captured 54 percent of the vote in the district that went to Mitt Romney by 18 points last November.
Sanford told supporters he experienced the grace of voters during the campaign.