U.S. Representative Mark Sanford, a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, lost a Republican congressional primary in SC on Tuesday, after Trump urged voters to punish Sanford's disloyalty by tossing him from office.
Arrington has 52 percent of the vote in the GOP primary in the state's 1st congressional district, leading incumbent Rep. Mark Sanford who has just 45 percent, according to the Associated Press.
In the most recent count I've seen, Arrington is at 50.5 percent, only about 300 votes clear of a run-off (if my math is correct). "He is better off in Argentina", the president wrote, referring to Sanford's trip to South America in 2009 to have an affair while his unknowing staff in the governor's office told reporters he was hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Trump endorsed Arrington hours before the polls closed Tuesday in a tweet attacking Sanford for being "very unhelpful to me in my campaign to MAGA".
"He is MIA and nothing but trouble", Trump tweeted, adding, "He is better off in Argentina".
But Trump says Rep. Katie Arrington "was such a good candidate, and Sanford was so bad, I had to give it a shot".
"It may cost me an election in this case but I stand by every one of those decisions to disagree with the president", Sanford said.
And on Tuesday, Sanford became the latest Republican punished by voters for criticizing Trump, losing narrowly to state Rep. Katie Arrington.
The South Carolina Republican, who served in Congress from 1995-2001, was re-elected in 2013 in a special election in his Charleston-based district. She'll face off against Republican Representative Barbara Comstock, who won her third term in 2016 by six points in a district that overwhelmingly backed Hillary Clinton.
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said Republicans were sealing their own doom in the midterms by fully embracing President Donald Trump.
CNN has also projected the primary winners in three House races where Democrats are hoping to unseat Republicans in the fall. On Tuesday, Virginia GOP primary voters ended up nominating a former Trump official who has defended Confederate symbols, Corey Stewart, to challenge Kaine.
Democrats, meanwhile, could nominate state Rep. Jason Smith, a Joe Biden ally, to take on the Republican victor there.
The district could go to a runoff thanks to ex-Democrat Dimitri Cherny, who has 3 percent of the vote. Tuesday demonstrated yet again just how strong the anti-incumbency mood is among Republican primary voters. In the 4th District, vacated by retiring Rep. Ruben Kihuen, two former congressmen - Democrat Steven Horsford and Republican Cresent Hardy - are the favorites. Heidi Heitkamp. And Nevada Democrats picked Rep. Jacky Rosen as their nominee against Republican Sen.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster will have a runoff against business executive John Warren, even though McMaster was one of the few Republican leaders in South Carolina who supported Trump's presidential bid. ME also held the first governor's race in the nation under ranked-choice voting.