(RALEIGH, N.C.) — New Yorkers seem willing to forgive and forget the dalliances of former Congressman Anthony Weiner and former Governor Eliot Spitzer, who are currently running for New York City mayor and comptroller, respectively.
South Carolinians were pretty forgiving when it came to former Governor Mark Sanford, who also cheated on his then-wife, returning him to Congress earlier this year.
However, if former North Carolina Democratic Senator John Edwards, a vice presidential nominee and candidate for the presidential nomination, is thinking about mounting a political comeback of his own, a new poll says he should basically forget it.
Edwards cheated on his wife, the late Elizabeth Edwards, and fathered a child out of wedlock but was cleared last year on multiple charges of misusing campaign funds to hide his affair.
Nonetheless, the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling says that two-thirds of North Carolina voters still view Edwards in a negative light while only 15 percent see him positively.
The PPP survey slams shut any chance that Edwards might consider running for public office in the state as 67 percent of respondents said they won’t vote for him.
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