Rep. Mark Sanford, who was sworn into the House Wednesday, is unlikely to have a primary challenger in the coming cycle, or any cycle, according to Republicans plugged into Palmetto State politics.
The consensus among state operatives and consultants is that if former governor can avoid any missteps, he will have a lock on the 1st District.
Part of the reason for his electoral security are the margins of his special election victories. He easily cruised passed the primary and runoff and won a fiercely contested general election against Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch by 9 points.
"The time to have beaten Mark Sanford has passed," Gidley said. "It is probably now his seat for as long as he wants it."