Republican Mark Sanford Loses Primary, After Criticizing Trump

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The race showed GOP voters, who forgave Sanford's extramarital affair, would not forgive the Charleston Republican's criticism of President Trump, including 2017 comments that Trump's rhetoric was partly to blame for a shooting at a GOP baseball practice.

Rep. Mark Sanford, a vocal criEtic of President Donald Trump, appeared to be on the verge of losing his SC congressional seat Tuesday after the president injected himself into the bitter Republican primary by stoking memories of the incumbent's public extramarital affair seven years ago. One ad said "it's time for Mark Sanford to take a hike - for real this time". The President of the United States then called the congressman and former S.C. governor, "MIA and nothing but trouble".

Arrington narrowly defeated Sanford after Trump tweeted on election day that Sanford had been unhelpful, adding, "He is better off in Argentina".

With 16 percent of the vote in for South Carolina's 1st District, both incumbent Mark Sanford and challenger Katie Arrington remain almost tied, with the AP giving both candidates 48 percent. Arrington has built her campaign on her allegiance to Trump, tying Sanford to the #NeverTrump movement. During the 2016 presidential election, after Trump ventured to Capitol Hill to meet with Republicans, Sanford came out of the meeting telling reporters, "I wasn't particularly impressed".

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. Meanwhile, Sanford's defeat means Congress will lose an advocate for limited government and individual liberty at the end of the current term. Trump hit Sanford for the affair, too. In Alabama, U.S. Rep. Martha Roby is in a July 17 runoff against former congressman Bobby Bright.

He was the top aide to Trump's presidential campaign in Virginia in 2016, but was sacked for staging an unauthorized protest of the Republican National Committee.

Arrington also, in a previous Breitbart News radio interview, pledged to join the House Freedom Caucus - a group that now has no women in it but will when she arrives in Congress next year. "He is better off in Argentina", Trump tweeted. The president's record of keeping his promises resonates across the district. The president's tweet also calls Virginia's Democratic Sen.

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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.

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

Democratic members on Tuesday said Trump handed Kim a public relations win and gave up major concessions like ending annual military exercises with South Korea.

While fealty to the Republican president may be a requirement to win low-turnout Republican primaries dominated by conservative activists, it could prove a tougher sell against energized anti-Trump Democratic forces in midterm elections this fall.

"Women have been leading the resistance, leading in activism and come November they will lead the way in Democrats taking back the House", said Christina Reynolds, top strategist for EMILY's List, a Democratic organization that recruits and funds pro-choice Democratic women to run for office.

But asking voters multiple questions on each race further drags things out.

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