Disgraced ex-South Carolina governor Mark Sanford won his bid for redemption on Tuesday night, defeating Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch for his old seat in Congress.

Sanford, a Republican who admitted an extramarital affair in 2009, was ready to quit politics for good if he was not victorious in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District. He will replace Republican Tim Scott, who was appointed to the Senate.

He was the favorite in the GOP stronghold, which he represented from 1995 to 2001, but the revelation that his ex-wife accused him of trespassing at her home caused the National Republican Congressional Committee to withdraw its financial and logistical support. Sanford must appear in Charleston County Family Court on Thursday on his ex-wife's complaint.