Trump targets this SC candidate with a primary day tweet

Trump targets this SC candidate with a primary day tweet

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.

Trump made a last-minute endorsement against Sanford on Tuesday.

The result is that he has faced a primary challenge from Katie Arrington, a state representative who is campaigning on her loyalty to Trump.

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

Nevada also has an interesting governor's race, with six Democrats and seven Republicans vying to run for a position that's been controlled by the GOP for almost 20 years.

President Donald Trump has congratulated his loyalist Corey Stewart for winning Virginia's Republican Senate primary.

In both parties, a dominant theme was the continued emergence of female candidates. In Virginia, women won Democratic primaries in four out of four congressional districts that could be competitive this November. "Congrats to Katie Arrington!".

Jon Heilemann agreed that Trump's "cult of personality" has become the dominant motivator of the Republican base, and he also concluded that Sanford's defeat shows why GOPers can't speak against Trump for fear of losing their jobs. 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.

Just hours before the polls closed in South Carolina, Trump tweeted, "Mark Sanford has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign to MAGA".

"It is time to turn the page on the Sanford era", Arrington told Fox News earlier this week.

"If Mark had gotten behind the president, the Affordable Care Act would be where it is today", Arrington told McClatchy in January.

The intraparty strains came on a day when other cracks emerged in the GOP establishment, all of them reflecting Trump's dominance. The president made reference to a scandal that engulfed Sanford in 2009. He is better of in Argentina.

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The tweet could also be Trump's way of preparing to take credit if Sanford loses or goes to a run-off.

Sanford was rumored to be a potential presidential contender before his political career unraveled toward the end of his second term.

He ran a total of 1,125 spots in the district's two biggest television markets at an estimated cost of $187,700, according to data from Kantar Media's CMAG, which tracks political advertising.

"Bless his heart", Arrington said in a recent TV spot filmed on a woodsy trail. Harry Reid, and Chris Giunchigliani, who was endorsed by Hillary Clinton and is a woman, which has proven to be a decisive advantage in earlier Democratic contests this year.

The district could go to a runoff thanks to ex-Democrat Dimitri Cherny, who has 3 percent of the vote.

State and national Republicans admitted there's virtually no chance Stewart will defeat Democratic Sen.

Sanford previously represented the coastal district from 1995 to 2001.

Incumbent Gov. Henry McMaster now leads Warren with 36 percent of the vote, to Warren's 32 percent.

Democrats have a credible, well-funded candidate seeking this seat - Charleston, S.C. environmental attorney Joe Cunningham.

Former Rep. Cresent Hardy is the Republican frontrunner in a six-person race, while former Rep. Steven Horsford is expect to win the Democratic nomination after incumbent Ruben Kihuen announced he wouldn't seek reelection in response to sexual misconduct allegations.

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. Control of the Senate, now held 51-49 by Republicans, could turn on how they fare in the elections less than five months away.

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