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Ex-Gov. Sanford ready for his comeback

COLUMBIA, S.C., April 1 (UPI) -- Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, whose second term is notable for a sex scandal, holds the edge heading into Tuesday's Republican congressional runoff.

Contenders jostle to be GOP top dog

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- The six contenders for the Republican National Committee chairmanship say they're trying to gain an edge over their rivals before next month's election.

U.S. state primaries schedule in upheaval

WASHINGTON , Aug. 9 (UPI) -- The schedule of U.S. states' presidential primary elections was set for a major shuffle Thursday with South Carolina poised to advance its date by two weeks.
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Republican Party of South Carolina Chairman Katon Dawson participates in a debate between candidates for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee in Washington on January 5, 2009. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)
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Katon Edwards Dawson (born February 29, 1956) is an American politician from the state of South Carolina, former chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party and was a 2009 candidate for chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Dawson was born in Columbia, South Carolina in then-heavily Democratic South Carolina, his parents helped organize the state's first GOP precincts. Dawson claimed his political interest came from attending a Barry Goldwater speech in 1964, and first volunteered for Richard Nixon's 1968 presidential campaign. He also considers the desegregation of his high-school in the 1960s as a major event that inspired him to enter politics, as Dawson was fiercely anti-desegregation. Dawson commented in an interview,

Dawson graduated from the University of South Carolina. He is president and general manager of a family-owned auto parts distributor, Burns Auto Parts and Supply Inc.

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