Previous GOP House Rep Loses Primary After Attack By Trump

Clay Curtis
June 13, 2018

South Carolina's primary turnout usually ranges from 13 percent to 27 percent, he said.

Sanford had never lost a political race in SC, and his defeat Tuesday was an abrupt end to a roller-coaster political career.

But Trump says Rep. Katie Arrington "was such a good candidate, and Sanford was so bad, I had to give it a shot".

Sanford made enemies as governor in 2009, when he disappeared to Argentina during an extramarital affair.

Sanford, who was elected to the House of Representatives in 2013, was most recently polling at a statistical tie with his challenger, state Rep. Katie Arrington.

'Great night for Republicans!' tweeted Trump.

A spokesman for the House speaker, Paul Ryan, told the Guardian that "the speaker supports Mark Sanford in the race tonight".

In Nevada, the parties will choose their nominees in two competitive open seats.

"Women have been leading the resistance, leading in activism and come November they will lead the way in Democrats taking back the House", said Christina Reynolds, top strategist for EMILY's List, a Democratic organization that recruits and funds pro-choice Democratic women to run for office.

Stewart surprised many by almost winning last year's Republican nomination for governor. Voters approved it again. Women are running for election in much higher numbers than ever before, and a notable number of them are winning their primaries. In the 4th District, vacated by retiring Rep. Ruben Kihuen, two former congressmen - Democrat Steven Horsford and Republican Cresent Hardy - are the favorites.

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McMaster was the top vote-getter in primary voting but failed to win the 50 percent necessary to avoid a runoff.

The following questions will appear on ballots for the 2018 primary. Now the seat is open after the new congressman resigned over a sexual harassment scandal. There are primaries Tuesday night in three of those seats.

There is no Democratic primary for this race. Trump carried the 1st District by 13 points in 2016.

Sanford won three terms for U.S. House in the 1990s, then two four-year terms as governor before the affair marred the end of his second term.

One of her ads got personal too, saying "it's time for Mark Sanford to take a hike - for real this time".

Earlier in the day, Trump frenemy Sen.

Trump has been accused of extra martial affairs.

Some Republicans rushed to Sanford's defence after Trump's bruising intervention. It's nearly certain to make other Republicans even more reluctant to take him on, even as Trump has stirs division on trade, foreign policy and the Russian Federation investigation. On Tuesday, Virginia GOP primary voters ended up nominating a former Trump official who has defended Confederate symbols, Corey Stewart, to challenge Kaine.

Turnout was generally light, a state election commission spokesman said early Tuesday afternoon. In a state that's rapidly trending blue, that's arguably not the direction Senate Republicans want to go.

Meanwhile, the state's Governor, Henry McMaster, will face-off against fellow Republican John Warren in a special runoff election later this month, after McMaster failed to secure more than half of the majority vote.

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