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Dec 11, 2009 9:29 AM by Associated Press

South Carolina first lady files for divorce from cheating governor

South Carolina's first lady has filed for divorce months after her husband publicly confessed an affair with an Argentine woman.

First lady Jenny Sanford originally said over the summer she was willing to reconcile with two-term Republican Gov. Mark Sanford even after publication of his e-mail exchanges with his lover. He also admitted "crossing the line" with other women in an AP interview.

She had called her husband's behavior "inexcusable," but said she was willing to give him another chance. More recently she described them as separated.

She and the couple's four boys had been living at the Sanfords' beachfront home on Sullivans Island while the governor has remained in the state capital of Columbia, occasionally visiting his family.

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