Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump Critic Rejected by Republican Voters in SC

Trump Critic Rejected by Republican Voters in SC

With 99 percent of the state's precincts reporting, state Rep. Katie Arrington had 50.5 percent with 32,441 votes to Sanford's 46.5 percent with 29,899 votes.

Arrington says Sanford criticized Trump too much, calling him a "Never Trumper".

Sanford, an outspoken Trump critic, is facing a tight race against State Rep. Katie Arrington, a relative newcomer to politics.

Before that affair was revealed in 2009, Sanford served three terms in Congress and two terms as South Carolina's governor.

Hours before polls closed, President Donald Trump posted on his official Twitter account that Sanford was very unhelpful to him and was better off in Argentina. 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.

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Another Republican who was also critical of Trump, Alabama GOP Rep. Martha Roby, is also at risk of losing re-election.

Trump himself tweeted an attack against Sanford late in the day, and endorsed Arrington in the 11th hour.

The outcome - one that national Republicans working on House races said as recently as Tuesday morning they did not anticipate - is another sign that GOP primary voters are rejecting lawmakers who break with Trump.

"I would start by praising the president. and then say, 'But here's an issue in my local area where I have some disagreement or I'd like to be something different, '" Collins said.

He told reporters on Air Force One he trusts Kim, even though he on Tuesday left open the possibility that he had misread his North Korean counterpart.

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He was sacked from the Trump campaign after staging an unsanctioned protest at the headquarters of the Republican National Committee, which Stewart said wasn't sufficiently loyal to Trump during the presidential campaign. In Virginia, a Republican known for his ardent defence of Confederate symbolism, Corey Stewart, won the Republican primary to face Democratic Sen. Nevada, North Dakota, Maine and Virginia also chose candidates for the midterm election on November 6, when Democrats hope to capture a majority of the U.S. Congress. She is tough on crime and will continue our fight to lower taxes.

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. "He is MIA and nothing but trouble", Trump wrote.

Mark Sanford nurtured an independent streak, reportedly branding the president's imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs "an experiment with stupidity".

Sanford said those statements "may have cost me an election in this case, but I stand by every one of those decisions to disagree with the president".

Congressman Mark Sanford is best remembered nationally for a highly public extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina several years ago. She will face Democratic challenger Joe Cunningham in the heavily Republican district this November.

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McMaster, an early supporter of the president's 2016 campaign, had Trump's full endorsement, marked by a weekend tweet. The defeat seemed to surprise Sanford - he had $US1.6 million in campaign funds sitting in the bank by May 23, according to a recent Federal Election Commission filing, and ran just $US187,700 worth of ads in the district's top two media markets. Heidi Heitkamp. She is seeking re-election in a state Trump carried by 36 percentage points in 2016.

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