S.C. Republicans vote to censure Sanford

The vote was a partial victory for the governor, as the party opted not to call on him to resign

By Alex Koppelman
Published July 7, 2009 2:40PM (EDT)

It took four hours and several rounds of voting, but on Monday night the South Carolina Republican Party eventually voted to censure Mark Sanford, who's not only their state's governor, but a member of their party.

The vote was in some ways actually a victory for Sanford: The party could have voted to officially call for his resignation instead. (The best analogy may -- ironically, considering Sanford's stance back in the 90's -- be to the Senate's censure of then-President Clinton.)

22 party members voted for censure; 10 voted to call on Sanford to resign, and nine voted to support him.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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