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John Edwards

North Carolina senator John Edwards had served only a portion of his one term in the US senate before running for president in 2004. He lost the nomination, but was selected as Democratic nominee John Kerry’s running mate. The duo was dubbed “Kedwards,” a la “Bennifer” and “Brangelina,” and went on to lose the election to incumbent president George W. Bush. His wife, the late Elizabeth Edwards, was considered his best political advisor.

After Edwards’ unsuccessful 2008 bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, a story broke in The National Enquirer that he was having an extramarital affair. It turned out to be spot-on. Not only had Edwards had an affair with filmmaker Rielle Hunter, but he had fathered a child with her as well. Edwards has since reduced his profile considerably, and it is not known if he plans to return to the national stage.

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