CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Voters are about to whittle down the crowded field in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District and have a say in whether former Gov. Mark Sanford has a political future.
Voters go to the polls Tuesday in primaries in the district along the state's south coast.
There are 16 Republicans on the ballot including Sanford and Teddy Turner, the son of media owner Ted Turner. There are only two Democrats - Elizabeth Colbert Bush, the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert - and perennial candidate Ben Frasier.
It is Sanford's first run for office since a 2009 scandal in which he admitted an affair that derailed his political career.
The seat became vacant when Gov. Nikki Haley appointed Tim Scott to fill the U.S. Senate seat left empty when Jim DeMint resigned.