U.S. Representative Mark Sanford, a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, lost a Republican congressional primary in SC on Tuesday, after Trump urged voters to punish Sanford's disloyalty by tossing him from office.
Sanford was struggling to pull ahead of state Rep. Katie Arrington, who had attacked the incumbent for his frequent criticisms of Trump.
The New York Times reports that Sanford "all but concedes" in a speech in Charleston tonight, telling supporters, "Based on the numbers I see, I think I'll end up losing this election". In races where candidates don't secure more than 50 percent of votes cast, runoff elections of the top two vote-getters will be held June 26. Trump urged South Carolinians to vote for McMaster and Arrington hours before polls closed.
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As governor in 2009, Sanford famously disclosed that he had been carrying on an extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina. In a February 2017 Politico piece, he said Trump has "fanned the flames of intolerance".
But Trump says Rep. Katie Arrington "was such a good candidate, and Sanford was so bad, I had to give it a shot". "I look forward to working together with him to drain the swamp and continue making America great again".
Arrington vanquished the 58-year-old career politician by running a textbook contrast campaign - resulting in a stunning upset punctuated by a last-second endorsement from US president Donald Trump.More news: Anti-US consumer boycott? Canadians may find it hard to pull off
Sanford is in a tight race for the Republican nomination in South Carolina's 1st District on Tuesday. She'll face off against Republican Representative Barbara Comstock, who won her third term in 2016 by six points in a district that overwhelmingly backed Hillary Clinton. State Sen. Jennifer Wexton is the establishment preference, but veteran Dan Helmer's viral ads - one of which compares the threat Trump poses to Osama bin Laden - have gained some national attention.
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Corey Stewart, the bombastic conservative who built his public image on championing the Confederate flag and monuments like Charlottesville's Robert E. Lee statue and has appeared with white nationalists, won the Republican Senate nomination. In the 4th District, vacated by retiring Rep. Ruben Kihuen, Steven Horsford, a former congressman, will be the Democratic nominee. Democrats Joe Cunningham and Toby Smith are also battling for their party's nomination. There are primaries Tuesday night in three of those seats.More news: De Gea wants public apology from Spain's PM
Four decades in S.C. politics, 16 months in the governor's office and an endorsement from the president were not enough for Gov. Henry McMaster to avoid a runoff in the Republican governor's race primary.
The South Carolina congressman's loss in Tuesday's primary was the most stunning outcome on a day that voters in Virginia, Maine, Nevada and North Dakota also went to the polls. Maine Governor Paul LePage is reportedly considering not certifying the results.
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