Trump credits his tweet in Rep. Sanford's defeat

John Warren and Henry Mc Master head to runoff

Republican voters in SC ousted Representative Mark Sanford in the state's GOP primary Tuesday in a contest that turned into a test of loyalty to President Donald Trump. In Tuesday's primary, he lost to state Representative Katie Arrington, who had campaigned against Sanford by branding him a "Never Trumper". But he failed to win the 50 percent necessary to avoid a runoff. She branded Sanford as a "Never Trump" Republican in name only who nearly reflexively disagrees with the president.

"Mark Sanford and the career politicians cheated on us", she said in one ad, complaining that Sanford makes it a habit to "go on CNN to bash President Trump". The refers to 2009, when Sanford's aides said he was hiking the Appalachian Trail while he actually visited a woman with whom he was having an affair in Argentina.

Less than three hours before the polls closed, President Trump took to Twitter with the message: "Mark Sanford has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign to MAGA". Scarborough noted that Sanford has said a number of critical statements about Trump in the past, so the MSNBC host flat out asked "Why don't we just say [the GOP] has devolved into a cult?"

Trump - flying back from Singapore on Air Force One - attacked Mark Sanford, a South Carolina Republican, urging voters to support his rival.

"I think it's entirely appropriate to say "I agree" when I agree and "I disagree" when I disagree", Sanford told Politico's Alex Isenstadt. But Trump was definitely a factor in making Sanford the second House Republican in 2018 to lose a primary.

In a state represented by moderate Republican Sen. 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. Republican incumbent Rep. Bruce Poliquin will attempt to defend his seat against the victor of a three-person Democratic primary featuring state Rep. Jared Golden, bookseller Craig Olson and nonprofit director Lucas St. Clair.

A second incumbent Republican congressman has lost his seat in a primary featuring intense divisions among the GOP in the Trump era.

Sanford endorsed Texas Sen. The GOP Senate nominee in Virginia, Corey Stewart, has underscored his efforts to combat illegal immigration and is a champion of Confederate symbols. Tuesday demonstrated yet again just how strong the anti-incumbency mood is among Republican primary voters.

She will face Democrat Joe Cunningham in November's general election.

Also on Tuesday, voters nominated challengers to two of this year's most vulnerable Senate incumbents.

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.

In Nevada, Democrats tapped Rep. Jacky Rosen to take on Republican Sen.

It is fitting, perhaps, that the Republican Party's turn towards Trump's economic nationalism has coincided with Johnson departing the party to become a Libertarian and Sanford being tossed from its ranks.

Primary contests for Nevada's other swing district, the 4th Congressional District, are expected to produce a November rematch of two former congressmen.Former Rep. Steven Horsford is leading a six-way Democratic primary for his former seat.



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