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South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford told staffers he was "hiking the Appalachian trail" when he disappeared from the state for a week in June 2009, without letting anyone, including his family, know his whereabouts. Confronted by a reporter at the Atlanta airport after returning on a flight from Argentina, Sanford held a news conference and confessed to an affair. He said of mistress Maria Chapur that he "had met his soul mate." Sanford was censured by the state's legislature, but completed his term.