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Trump critic falls, 5 other things from Tuesday's primaries

Trump critic falls, 5 other things from Tuesday's primaries”

State Rep. Katie Arrington hugs supporters as she defeated Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) on Tuesday in a GOP primary.

"We will see what the final numbers foretell, but I've always been a realist, and at this point, based on the numbers I see, I think that I'll end up losing this election", Sanford said.

The race was perhaps the most closely watched matchup in Tuesday's slate of primaries, which includes Virginia, Nevada and North Dakota choosing their Senate candidates and ME for the first time trying - and voting on whether to keep - a new voting system in which voters rank their preferences, rather than only selecting one.

Unable to muster 50 percent of the Republican primary vote for governor, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, one of Trump's top allies in the state, was forced into a runoff for the GOP nomination.

But the message from voters was clear. Nearly more so than anywhere else, SC likes to elect the known quantity, the person with the most name recognition. Incumbent Rep. Mark Amodei is favored in their race.

Sanford's seat is likely to remain in Republican hands no matter the victor of Tuesday's primary. 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.

Sanford had been critical of Trump at times, saying he "fanned the flames" of intolerance and decrying his disregard for facts.

Tweeting from the plane bringing him home from Singapore, he declared Sanford "very unhelpful" in advancing his agenda. It was helping her gain traction even before Trump sent that tweet.

The President announced his last-minute endorsement of Arrington as the polls neared closing on Tuesday, and also criticized Sanford, who has served the state's First Congressional District in the House of Representatives since 2013.

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

When I woke up this morning, I flipped on Morning Joe only to hear the results of the South Carolina GOP primary for the 1st Congressional District.

For example, he has expressed support for a federal bank that loans money to worldwide customers of US businesses, including Boeing, the aircraft manufacturer with a plant in North Charleston, despite saying it flies in the face of his principles.

Perhaps sensing he was in political trouble, Sanford started running broadcast television ads in early May and continued until the primary.

In June 2009, Sanford disappeared from public view for six days and later claimed that he had been hiking on the Appalachian Trail.

Sanford apologized, though the episode ended with his wife divorcing him. Heidi Heitkamp, at the 2018 North Dakota Republican Party Convention in Grand Forks, North Dakota, April 7, 2018.

The most serious primary challenge to an incumbent member of Nevada's congressional delegation is conservative activist Sharron Angle's bid for Nevada's 2nd Congressional District. "And unlike you, Mark has shown humility in his role and a desire to be a better man than he was the day before".

Arrington has 52 percent of the vote to incumbent Mark Sanford's 45 percent, according to the AP. He hesitated to blame it on Trump.

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 USA president Donald Trump.

The congressman, former governor and one-time presidential aspirant was trailing a little-known state lawmaker who slammed him for his repeated criticism of President Trump, the latest sign that the most unsafe thing to do in the modern GOP is dare to take on the president.

Mark Sanford nurtured an independent streak, reportedly branding the president's imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs "an experiment with stupidity".



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