Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

South Carolina Midterm Primary Results

South Carolina Midterm Primary Results

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Today, three hours before the polls closed, President Trump came out against Sanford, calling him "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". "He is better off in Argentina", the president wrote, referring to Sanford's 2009 trip to South America to have an affair when his staff said he was hiking the Appalachian Trail.

While Trump over the past year has faced opposition from a number of establishment lawmakers in his own party, the GOP base has stuck with the president, who was a big victor in Tuesday's primary races.

Sanford, who has never lost a race before, is also the second incumbent House member to lose in a primary. In her victory speech Tuesday night, Arrington embraced the president wholeheartedly and implored the party to stand by him.

Four other states voted Tuesday, including several races that will be key to determining which party controls the House of Representatives next year. "With all politics being local, if you're not on the same page as the President and 85%-90% of your base is, you can see where that could cause a problem".

Sanford is a former governor who has never lost an election in eight races in SC, even after he admitted to an affair with a woman in Argentina. Roby was forced into a July runoff with a fellow Republican who attacked her for abandoning Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.

But while Trump remains very popular in the state, McMaster has been shadowed by a corruption probe involving a longtime political consultant. Nikki Haley as his U.N. Ambassador, allowing McMaster to ascend to the state's top job.

Tuesday, 239,560 ballots were cast in the Democratic primary for governor and 367,036 on the GOP side.

GOP primary voters continue to reward staunch supporters of the President and punish those who get on his bad side.

. Stewart had accused the party of inadequately defending the candidate after the release of a tape where Trump bragged about groping women. He campaigned in support of Confederate monuments. Mark Meadows, the chair of the Freedom Caucus and a Trump confidante, said in a statement: "Mark Sanford has been a valued member of the Freedom Caucus and certainly has been a thoughtful member of Congress".


In Virginia, a state legislator favored by the Virginia Democratic Party establishment won a crowded battle for the right to challenge one of the most endangered congressional Republicans in November's elections.

In Virginia's 2nd Congressional District, Democrat and veteran Elaine Luria will face incumbent Republican Rep. Scott Taylor, also a veteran. She had the endorsement of Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam. The woman who beat Mark Sanford that's a major Trumper is a woman. The second-term House member's district leans Republican, though Democrat Hillary Clinton received more votes there than Trump did in 2016.

Democrats, with just 16 of the nation's governorships, view the seat as one of their top pickup opportunities. Pete Domenici and Michelle Laxalt, the daughter of former Nevada governor and senator Paul Laxalt.

Voters in ME will be the first in the nation to use the system in a statewide election that lets voters rank candidates by preference rather than choosing just one.

The system insured that counting was slow and winners hard to call.

In Maine, Shawn Moody's pitch to voters in his bid for the nomination for the governorship was reminiscent of Trump, running as an outsider businessman. He maintained a wide lead through the night, but risked not winning the race outright under the new rules. But if not, the lowest vote-getter is eliminated and their votes reallocated until one contender gains a majority.

A handful of Republicans have done as much, including Sens.

So the most important factor in these Republican primaries is becoming how personally loyal, how devoted are you to Donald Trump?

Still, South Carolina voters kept electing Sanford despite the lies and the infidelity.

"That means Party members will support him in anything he does, no matter how insane, because opposition could be politically fatal", West said.

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