How Trump Sealed Mark Sanford's Political Fate With a Single Tweet

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 13, 2018

Rep. Mark Sanford, the Republican incumbent in SC, lost his primary on Tuesday-and a well-timed tweet from President Donald Trump may be responsible for his defeat.

Trump launched a pointedly personal attack on Sanford just hours before polls closed.

The district includes portions of Beaufort, Colleton, Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Counties and the election marks Sanford's first contest with President Donald Trump in office.

McMaster would need a majority to avoid a runoff on June 26.

Sanford, an outspoken Trump critic, is facing a tight race against State Rep. Katie Arrington, a relative newcomer to politics. It's Democrats' third big special election win in Wisconsin this year alone, and their 43rd state legislative seat they've flipped in the Trump era.

Republicans in Virginia are picking between Corey Stewart, who has built his public profile on defending Confederate monuments, state delegate Nick Freitas, the favorite of the Koch brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity and a Rand Paul ally, and minister E.W. Jackson, who has taken a series of hardline conservative positions on social issues.

On the Democratic side, voters also face a choice between political experience and newcomer perspective.

In both parties, a dominant theme was the continued emergence of female candidates.

Democratic State Sen. Jennifer Wexton was the clear victor in a six-way primary in Virginia's 10th District, and will challenge Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock. 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.

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. "He is better off in Argentina". The president took note of his last-minute intervention in the race.

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Earlier in the day, Trump frenemy Sen.

With 1 percent of precincts in the 1st District reporting, Sanford remains in a tight race with Arrington.

The swipe was a reference to Sanford's unexplained disappearance from the state in 2009, which he later said was part of an affair he was carrying on with a woman in Argentina.

"Mark Sanford has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign to MAGA". Roby said two years ago that Trump's 2005 lewd comments about women, captured on an "Access Hollywood" microphone, made him "unacceptable as a candidate for president". He is better off in Argentina.

With 98% of the vote counted, U.S. media called the race for state representative Katie Arrington, who led Sanford by 50.5% to 46.5%. "She is tough on crime and will continue our fight to lower taxes". In his remarks Tuesday night, he said: "I stand by every one of those decisions to disagree with the president". "That's what our entire political system is based on, is the fact that we can have dissent". "I strongly endorse Adam Laxalt for Governor of Nevada", he tweeted. Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.) was forced into a runoff after abandoning Trump almost two years ago during the election.

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

The district, which stretches up past Green Bay along Wisconsin's northern peninsula, has traditionally been Republican, with the GOP incumbent who ran in 2014 winning with 62% of the vote.

Sanford previously represented the coastal district from 1995 to 2001. The chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, who was sacked from the Trump campaign, was the frontrunner, but his win over state Delegate Nick Freitas still upset more moderate Republicans. There are primaries Tuesday night in three of those seats.

The GOP nominee faces him in November.

Heller's state is Democrat-leaning and was narrowly won by Clinton in 2016, while Heitkamp's is dominated by Republicans and voted overwhelmingly for Trump. Both are seeking re-election after having won in 2012 by just one percentage point. 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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