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Trump Tweet Helps Sink Mark Sanford In South Carolina Primary

13 June 2018

"I fully endorse Katie Arrington for Congress in SC, a state I love". Arrington needed over 50 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff.

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

Polls are scheduled to close at 7 p.m. Tuesday. "Two years later he votes with Trump maybe 95 percent of the time, 87% percent, says one or two things about Trump that people don't like".

And hours before polls closed, Trump posted a startlingly personal attack on Twitter, calling Sanford "very unhelpful".

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

Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said "I support Mark Sanford" before heading into an immigration meeting with House Republican leadership on Capitol Hill Tuesday afternoon.

Sanford said those statements "may have cost me an election in this case, but I stand by every one of those decisions to disagree with the president". "I look forward to working together with him to drain the swamp and continue making America great again".

The Republican primary vote is a test for the heft of the endorsement of President Donald Trump, who is backing Gov. Henry McMaster.

The South Carolina race highlighted primary voting in five states on Tuesday. Heidi Heitkamp. She is seeking re-election in a state Trump carried by 36 percentage points in 2016. State Sen. Jennifer Wexton is the establishment preference, but veteran Dan Helmer's viral ads - one of which compares the threat Trump poses to Osama bin Laden - have gained some national attention. Ted Cruz during the 2016 election campaign.

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One of the most interesting GOP primaries in Nevada involves legal brothel owner Dennis Hof challenging GOP state Rep. James Oscarson for his seat in the statehouse.

Women will represent Democrats in all four of Virginia's competitive House races in November, the latest example of the party turning to women to unseat vulnerable Republicans in the Trump era.

But they could not forgive him for his criticism of President Donald Trump.

In the state's Second Congressional District, which includes the Hampton Roads region, Democrat Elaine Luria was the declared victor over rival Karen Mallard with 95 percent of the vote tallied.

In Nevada, the race to replace outgoing Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval features primaries in both parties.

Sanford's defeat carries national implications as Republicans scramble to field their best candidates ahead of November's mid-term elections when they face energized Democrats desperate to retake control of Congress.

The two primaries were sleepy Tuesday, but will be among the nation's most important battlegrounds in November.

In the Democratic primary in the 1st District, Joe Cunningham has 62 percent to Toby Smith's 37 percent. Pete Domenici and Michelle Laxalt, the daughter of former Nevada governor and senator Paul Laxalt.

Trump Tweet Helps Sink Mark Sanford In South Carolina Primary