Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Test of Trump loyalty topples South Carolina's Sanford

Test of Trump loyalty topples South Carolina's Sanford

"He's one of the most principled, consistent, and conservative members of Congress I've ever known", Sanford's colleague from Michigan, Representative Justin Amash, quickly fired back at Trump on Twitter.

President Donald Trump's decision Tuesday to go after an incumbent Republican congressman who had previously criticized him flouted the advice of allies who suggested he stay out of the race.

Mark Sanford survived the fallout from his "hike" on the Appalachian Trail, but he couldn't survive the backlash to his past criticisms of President Trump.

Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp will face the state's single House member, GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer, in the fall.

"And unlike you", he tweeted at Trump, "Mark has shown humility in his role and a desire to be a better man than he was the day before".

Sanford, a longtime politician who has served both in Congress and as governor of SC for parts of the past three decades, is one of the few Republican members of congress who openly criticises Trump.

Republican Reps. Mark Sanford and Tim Rice are among those facing primary challengers.

Throughout his political career, Sanford has played up his outsider credentials - both in the U.S. House, where he supported a box to check on federal tax returns to put $3 toward the national debt, and as governor, bringing a pair of squealing pigs to the state House and Senate chamber to protest what he call pork spending. Sanford had 46 percent.

Sanford won three terms for U.S. House in the 1990s, then two four-year terms as governor before the affair marred the end of his second term.

"A lot of people came up to me during the course of this campaign and said are you for or against Trump?", said Congressman Mark Sanford late Tuesday night.

"As long as the Republican base sees Trump as a tireless fighter who delivers, the Republicans have a chance to hold the House and make gains in the Senate", O'Connell said. Trump had tweeted an endorsement of his opponent and said Sanford has been "very unhelpful" and "nothing but trouble".

Trump even took a personal swipe at Sanford, saying he is "better off in Argentina". First-choice votes are counted and if no one got over 50 percent the candidate with the lowest number of votes is removed from the race.

Felkel said there were so many candidates in the GOP race for the 4th District that Bright, who has a core group of supporters, exploited the numbers in much the same way Trump did when he ran for president in a crowded GOP field. Afghanistan veteran and longtime state Rep. James Smith is the front-runner, spending 22 years in the South Carolina House before stepping aside for a run for governor.

Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates the general election Solid Republican.

She also tried to tap into longtime uneasiness with the incumbent, who's been a familiar name to Lowcountry voters.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster was forced into a runoff after he failed to secure over 50 percent of the vote.

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.

Though Wexton favors a ban on the sale of assault weapons, she defied what has been the tendency in some swing districts to nominate Democrats with liberal profiles on other key issues.

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