President Donald Trump took credit Wednesday for state Rep. Katie Arrington's projected win over incumbent Rep. Mark Sanford in the South Carolina Republican primary. In 2017, Sanford told Politico that Trump had "fanned the flames of intolerance".
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.
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Sanford is in a tight race for the Republican nomination in South Carolina's 1st District on Tuesday.
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In Virginia's 2nd Congressional District, Democrat and veteran Elaine Luria will face incumbent Republican Rep. Scott Taylor, also a veteran. SC has no "sanctuary cities".
The results come after Arrington repeatedly attacked Sanford for opposing Trump. Ted Cruz during the 2016 election campaign. Now that he's lost, his words also serve as a call for his fellow anti-Trump GOPers to keep fighting the good fight. The president took note of his last-minute intervention in the race.
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Sanford's apparent loss makes him the latest Republican to be forced from office for his lack of fealty to the president.
That was not enough for Trump, who also mocked Sanford with a reference to a 2009 scandal when the then governor disappeared for days before surfacing to say he was "hiking the Appalachian Trail".
Tweeting from the plane bringing him home from Singapore, he declared Sanford "very unhelpful" in advancing his agenda.
Nevada voters were deciding a competitive Democratic primary race for governor Tuesday, a contest that became the state's most closely watched after President Trump helped clear a path to the GOP nomination for vulnerable Sen.
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Sanford, who was elected to the House of Representatives in 2013, was most recently polling at a statistical tie with his challenger, state Rep. Katie Arrington.
'She is tough on crime and will continue our fight to lower taxes.
Arrington's campaign was based on the premise that Sanford - who has criticized Trump's style and questioned his knowledge - is insufficiently supportive of the President. Sanford endorsed Ted Cruz (R-TX) during the 2016 presidential primary.
This result is the first defeat of Sanford's remarkable career. "I strongly endorse Adam Laxalt for Governor of Nevada", he tweeted.
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Meanwhile, longtime state Rep. James Smith has won the Democratic seat.