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Sanford receives unwanted endorsements

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Less than one week away from the First Congressional District election, former Governor Mark Sanford has received endorsements that are causing unwanted attention.

The first is in the form of a billboard that went up along Interstate 26 near Columbia featuring the face of the Governor on an ad sponsored by a website devoted to setting up extramarital affairs.

The billboard reads, "Next time use Ashleymadison.com to find your 'Running Mate'." During a political event Tuesday night attended by all three candidates for the race, the issue of the port, economy and healthcare were discussed.

News 2 spoke with Sanford after the event and he said these type of endorsements are there as an attempt to rid his campaign of support.

"I think it's one of the endorsements that's designed to hurt you," Sanford said. "Let's be honest with the world of politics, people do things for different reasons. People have different motivations."

But, the CEO of the website company says the ad is not intended to hurt Sanford but to show that people make mistakes and can be forgiven. A theme that Sanford has repeatedly stated throughout his campaign.

"It makes him more real," Noel Biderman said. "It made Bill Clinton more real; it makes people realize that, yeah,they're flawed but are still capable and in the end we believe that this endorsement if you will, will benefit him in the long run."

That sentiment was echoed by a voter who attended Tuesday night's event and plans to vote for Sanford.

"I think we all as humans make mistakes, and I believe he has always our best interest at heart," Karen Elsey said.

But, one political analyst at the College of Charleston seemed to be more pessimistic about the effect of the ad.

"Right now voters in the first district are starting to feel a bit fatigued about the consistent character accusations on Mark Sanford and starting to be concerned about the national spotlight that's focusing on him in a negative way," Kendra Stewart said.

Later Tuesday evening, Sanford received another endorsement. This one was from Larry Flynt, CEO of Hustler magazine. In a YouTube video, Flynt supported Sanford but called him a, "sexual hypocrite."

Sanford says he and his campaign are optimistic that voters will choose the candidate based on issues and stances, instead of seemingly backhanded endorsements.

"The good news is though that people can see through these last minute antics that go into the last day of the campaign," he said.

The election for the seat is Tuesday, May 7.

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