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A Mark Sanford/ Justin Timberlake Duet?

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A lot of the web videos released by the S.C. Democratic Party are hokey and … well … not quite ready for prime time.

Of course every so often one of these low budget productions hits the “Mark” … like the 2-minute clip the party released this week poking fun at former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford for his infamous “unexcused absence” from the state. The video begins as a pretty generic rehashing of the hell through which Sanford put South Carolina back in 2009 – but as the clip progresses the strains of N’Sync’s 2001 hit “Gone” become more pronounced in the background.

And around the 1:25 mark we have a full-on Mark Sanford-Justin Timberlake mash-up on our hands …

Take a listen …

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Brilliant …

Sanford, who recently won the GOP nomination for the vacant first congressional district seat (which he held from 1995-2001), faces off against Democrat Elizabeth Colbert-Busch in a special election on May 7.

According to multiple polls, Colbert-Busch – a former six-figure state bureaucrat and sister of comedian Stephen Colbert – enjoys a slim lead over the scandal-scarred former governor. That’s why Democrats appear to be investing heavily in this race – hoping to pick up a district which overwhelmingly votes Republican under normal circumstances.

Whoever wins this special election better not get too comfortable, though … they’ll have to face the voters again in 2014.

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