Trump Tweet Helps Sink Mark Sanford In South Carolina Primary

Trump Tweet Helps Sink Mark Sanford In South Carolina Primary

His biggest challenger, state Rep. Katie Arrington, has characterized Sanford as a disloyal Never-Trumper.

Though the race had not been officially called by AP or major networks, Arrington was maintaining a 51 to 46 percent lead with 86 percent of precincts reporting. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, a close ally of Trump, was forced into a runoff after failing to muster the required 50 percent vote to win outright.

U.S. Congressman Mark Sanford will not return to Washington for another term in office.

With his late entry into the race, Trump let Sanford know that has not gone unnoticed. The onetime insurgent has made allegiance to his leadership a litmus test in many Republican races.

"I fully endorse Katie Arrington for Congress in SC, a state I love", tweeted Trump, who was traveling aboard Air Force One after his summit meeting with North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un. But during the campaign, he ran ads saying how often he voted with the president. Scarborough noted that Sanford has said a number of critical statements about Trump in the past, so the MSNBC host flat out asked "Why don't we just say [the GOP] has devolved into a cult?" He later admitted that he had in fact traveled to Argentina to meet a woman with whom he was having an extramarital affair. The president himself weighed in by stoking memories of the affair, tweeting that Sanford was "better off in Argentina".

"And unlike you", he tweeted at Trump, "Mark has shown humility in his role and a desire to be a better man than he was the day before". A Sanford loss would be an abrupt end to a roller-coaster political career that included a resignation as South Carolina's governor following his admission of the affair. It is one of two swing seats in Nevada that Democrats are hoping to hold while they make gains elsewhere to win control of the U.S. House.

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Comstock's district, home to many federal government workers, has drifted left in recent years.

Those apostasies came back to haunt Sanford, even though Arrington was also a vocal Trump critic during the 2016 GOP primary.

While it was not all good news for Democrats in Wisconsin on Tuesday - Ann Groves Lloyd, the Democrat running in the special election in Wisconsin State Assembly District 42, conceded to her Republican opponent - national Democratic operatives argue their showing in state legislative races shows voters are prepared to rebuke the President in November.

Virginia features four House races that are expected to be competitive in November's general election. What the GOP voters did last night may have been a move to trade in a scandal-plagued incumbent in favor of someone who will bring less baggage into the November election. One is Sen Heidi Heitkamp's seat in North Dakota.

Rematches: In 2014, Nevada politics watchers were shocked when Democratic congressman Steven Horsford, a rising political star, lost his outer Las Vegas area district to an unpolished newcomer, Republican Cresent Hardy.

Giunchigliani, who goes by "Chris G", is a 63-year-old former state legislator and teacher. He said he might not certify the election results.

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