Teddy Turner, the son of media magnate Ted Turner, has said he will seek the GOP nomination in the district. Several state lawmakers have also announced plans to run, although the official filing for the race doesn’t open until Friday. The primary is March 19.
South Carolina voters haven’t had much of an appetite for political comebacks for officials who make headlines for a faux pas or controversy. Former Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer couldn’t overcome his personal troubles with speeding, a plane crash and other controversies to win the governor’s office or a congressional seat, and former Gov. David Beasley’s couldn’t shake his support for removing the Confederate flag from the Statehouse dome when he ran for office again.
Gov. Nikki Haley, another tea party favorite, said she wasn’t surprised Sanford was getting back into politics.
‘‘He is someone who is very involved in policy and has always loved politics. This is going back home for him, his old congressional seat,’’ she said.