CHARLESTON, SC (AP/WCSC) - Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford says if he fails in his attempt to return to Congress, he will not seek office again.
"Yeah, I think so," Sanford said to a reporter who asked if the former governor lost the race, would it be his last. "I think you could go back in, you know and ask for a second chance in a political sense, once. I've done that and we'll see what the voters decide today."
Sanford talked with reporters Tuesday in Charleston after voting in his bid to claim the 1st District congressional seat he held before becoming governor in 2003.
Sanford says he is tired but cautiously optimistic after the 5-month campaign. He also talked about the ads that both campaigns have been churning out.
"There have been a multitude of ads and I think towards the end of the campaign, it's the saturation point," Sanford said. "I think everybody will be excited about the sort of cease and desist of political advertising that will come tomorrow."
Sanford says if he does not defeat Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, he will not seek office again.
The former Republican governor disappeared in 2009 for five days, returning to admit he had been in Argentina visiting his mistress - a woman to whom he's now engaged.
Colbert Busch is the sister of political satirist Stephen Colbert, who has helped by attending fundraisers.