Mark Sanford and Maria Belen Chapur

Mark Sanford, South Carolina's former governor with the unsmooth moves -- he said he was hiking the Appalachian Trail when in fact he was visiting his "soulmate" in Argentina -- has emerged from the scandal sans wife but surprisingly with his political career intact: He <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2013/may/15/nation/la-na-pn-mark-sanford-congress-20130515">won</a> a special election in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District last month and has returned to his old seat in the House. And his soulmate, Maria Belen Chapur? She's now his financee and appeared onstage with him at his <a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-sanford-victory-shows-adultery-lies-cant-trump-party-loyalty-20130508,0,5348557.story">election-night victory party</a>.
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Mark Sanford, South Carolina's former governor with the unsmooth moves -- he said he was hiking the Appalachian Trail when in fact he was visiting his "soulmate" in Argentina -- has emerged from the scandal sans wife but surprisingly with his political career intact: He won a special election in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District last month and has returned to his old seat in the House. And his soulmate, Maria Belen Chapur? She's now his financee and appeared onstage with him at his election-night victory party.

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