Sanford upset in GOP primary

Sanford upset in GOP primary

Early results in South Carolina's 1st congressional district shows U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, R-Charleston, trailing with 47 percent of the vote, versus 48 percent for state Rep. Katie Arrington, R-Dorchester.

"Mark Sanford has become the problem in Washington", Arrington said in her campaign video.

Don't cross President Donald Trump.

He said lawmakers would be wise to keep their differences with the president low-key and within the range of policy, not personality, so as not to alienate Republican primary voters protective of the commander in chief.

"It's the tyranny of small numbers", Galen added. He led the GOP primary with half the vote tallied.

The general election is set for November 6. "Sanford's performances in the past have been weak", Kondik said, "Very rarely do House members lose re-nomination and Sanford but a logical candidate given his opposition to Trump and his general weakness with the electorate".

He told Cooper: "That was the statement of my opponent last night: "This is the party of Donald J. Trump" - and I could not more vigorously disagree".

Arrington blasted Sanford as a "Never Trumper", and Trump tweeted a startlingly personal attack hours before polls closed, calling Sanford "MIA and nothing but trouble ... he's better off in Argentina".

This is Trump's party. Sanford spoke out against Trump as a candidate for president in 2016, and has called him culturally intolerant and criticized him for not releasing his tax returns.

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Even though Sanford maintained a conservative track record during his congressional career, the representative was torpedoed by Trump just hours before the election yesterday.

It's "becoming a cultish thing, isn't it?" said retiring Sen. The president and his party are in lockstep.

Corker, whose efforts to block Trump on tariffs have been rejected by congressional party leaders, is not the only Republican to step aside.

Sanford was critical of Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, and has found himself on opposite sides with the president since.

Corey Stewart, the bombastic conservative who built his public image on championing the Confederate flag and monuments like Charlottesville's Robert E. Lee statue and has appeared with white nationalists, won the Republican Senate nomination. Tim Kaine, the Democratic Party's 2016 vice presidential nominee, in the fall.

In Virginia, Republicans went with a candidate who was so over-the-top Trumpy that he wound up being fired from the president's campaign.

Comstock got a surprisingly low 61% of the vote in her primary against a little-known challenger who attacked her willingness to criticize Trump.

Meanwhile, the state's Governor, Henry McMaster, will face-off against fellow Republican John Warren in a special runoff election later this month, after McMaster failed to secure more than half of the majority vote. The governor has faced questions over corruption in state government. The Democrats were sorting out a seven-way contest, with every candidate promising to end Republican Gov. Paul LePage's blockade of Medicaid expansion. Sanford took his loss in stride during his first ever concession speech in Mount Pleasant late Tuesday night. Mark Meadows, the chair of the Freedom Caucus and a Trump confidante, said in a statement: "Mark Sanford has been a valued member of the Freedom Caucus and certainly has been a thoughtful member of Congress".

The big race in ME in November will be for governor, where Democrats see an opportunity to flip a Republican seat held by outgoing Gov. Paul LePage.

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