The large field of Democratic presidential candidates polling in single digits is not the only place to find a longshot candidate, says a veteran political observer.
Mark Sanford (pictured at left), the former congressman and South Carolina governor, has announced he is competing against President Trump for the GOP nomination.
In a campaign video, the longtime Republican politician warns the United States is headed toward the "most predictable financial crisis" in the country's history, and he criticizes Democrats and President Trump for ignoring the national debt.
Dr. Charles Dunn, professor emeritus of government at Clemson University, describes Sanford as a “candidate without a constituency” despite his many years in public office.
When serving as governor, Sanford made headlines in 2009 with his sudden “disappearance” in The Palmetto State. A spokesman told the media he was hiking on the Appalachian Trail when in reality he had sneaked away to Argentina to meet a woman he was having an affair with.
The state legislature failed to impeach Sanford, who finished his second term as governor in 2011, then he returned to Congress in 2013 and held that seat until he was defeated in a GOP primary in January of this year.
“He does not have the support of home base in Charleston,” Dunn says of Sanford. “He doesn't have support of the rest of the state, so he's like a man without a country."
In the primary against Trump, Dunn predicts Trump remains a strong candidate and Sanford is “whistling Dixie” in his effort to unseat him.
Sanford joins Joe Walsh, a former one-term congressman from Illinois, and Bill Weld, the former Republican governor of Massachusetts, as primary challengers to Trump.