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Sanford loses primary to challenger Arrington in 1st congressional district race

Sanford loses primary to challenger Arrington in 1st congressional district race

The results come after Arrington repeatedly attacked Sanford for opposing Trump.

He is the second House Republican to lose a primary this election cycle.

Sanford was not the only establishment Republican to face challenges Tuesday. Jeff Flake, into retirement. "This keeps with his policy to support all GOP incumbents running for re-election".

Arrington, who made a campaign issue of Sanford's criticism of Trump, won 50.6 percent of the vote to Sanford's 46.5 percent with nearly all ballots counted. Heidi Heitkamp. She is seeking re-election in a state Trump carried by 36 percentage points in 2016.

Trump took aim at Sanford on Twitter just hours before the polls closed Tuesday in SC.

"Mark Sanford has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign to MAGA". He is MIA and nothing but trouble.

Congressman Mark Sanford is best remembered nationally for a highly public extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina several years ago.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, state Rep. Katie Arrington was leading Sanford 51 percent to 47 percent when The Associated Press called the race.

'She is tough on crime and will continue our fight to lower taxes.

Arrington had attacked Sanford for his past indiscretions, including an affair he had while serving as governor of SC, in which Sanford said he was hiking the Appalachian Trail but was really in Argentina with the other woman.




For her part, Arrington put out a campaign ad against Sanford during the campaign that said, "it's time for Mark Sanford to take a hike - for real this time". Stewart had accused the party of inadequately defending the candidate after the release of a tape where Trump bragged about groping women. Vying to defeat her in November are four Democrats who are facing off Tuesday - state Sen.

He was the top aide to Trump's presidential campaign in Virginia in 2016, but was sacked for staging an unauthorized protest of the Republican National Committee.

The president congratulated last week for the Republican Party's showing in Tuesday's California primaries. "Every time I think things can't get worse they do, and there is no end in sight".

Governor McMaster obviously very excited about moving on to a runoff for the Republican nomination for governor, "Thank you for coming out.we're just getting started". "And he has Stewart voters to thank for it".

But in Virginia, Democrats are selecting House candidates to run in some of the nation's most competitive races. In response, Sanford has spent more than $380,000 on advertising in his district, an unusual move for a congressman known to despise spending money.

In Sanford, he chose a well-known former governor, who among other criticisms held him partly responsible for a shooting at a congressional baseball practice by stoking national tensions. But as Sanford spoke to the crowd, the race was still too close to call.

Two low-key primaries went exactly as expected Tuesday. Dean Heller. And in North Dakota, Republicans will pick Rep. Kevin Cramer to challenge Democratic Sen.

Democrats will also be watching the outcomes of Virginia's 2nd District (GOP Rep. Scott Taylor), 7th District (GOP Rep. Dave Brat) and 5th District (retiring GOP Rep. Tom Garrett), where they hope to be competitive in the fall. The race became a referendum on Trump's popularity - a firestorm stoked by Trump himself - particularly in the final hours of the race in the Lowcountry district.

In the most recent count I've seen, Arrington is at 50.5 percent, only about 300 votes clear of a run-off (if my math is correct).


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