Tea Party Express endorses Sanford in special election

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Sanford famously revealed he had secretly left the country in 2009 to engage in an extramarital affair with an Argentine woman. 

Still, he's garnered some high-profile conservative endorsements as election day approaches. In addition to the Tea Party Express, FreedomWorks — another prominent Tea Party organization — announced its support. Sanford has also been endorsed by Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulCarter pledges probe of sex assault testimony Rand Paul wants to legalize cooperation Dem fears Iran nuke deal gives license to back Saudis MORE (R-Ky.), Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamGraham: Iran ‘giving Obama the diplomatic finger’ The Hill's 12:30 Report GOP warms to Trump MORE (R-S.C.), and Sen. Tim ScottTim ScottCBS News lands Sanders as WHCA dinner guest Department of labor overtime rule is a roadblock to a bright career path Pop superstar Prince dies in Minnesota home MORE (R-S.C.), whose appointment to the Senate to replace Jim DeMint opened the congressional seat for a special election.

A poll released Friday from the website RedRacingHorses.com showed Sanford and Colbert Busch in a dead heat, with both candidates receiving 46 percent of the vote.

--This report was originally published at 1:44 p.m. and last updated at 2:09 p.m.


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