Incumbent Republican Congressman Mark Sanford lost in the SC primary race to challenger Katie Arrington on Tuesday, after President Trump made an election-day social media move to hit out at Sanford and endorse Arrington in the race. But as Sanford spoke, the race was still too close to call. He is MIA and nothing but trouble.
Then the tweet got personal, with Trump saying Sanford is "better off in Argentina".
Democrat Jennifer Wexton won a six-way primary race in a suburban Washington district and will take on Republican Barbara Comstock, one of the Democrats' top targets in their push to pick up the 23 seats they need to claim a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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).
After attacking Sanford, the president backed Arrington.
Jeff Malet Photography/NewscomTuesday's primary results were bad for Republicans in general, but even worse for those on the right who dare to criticize President Donald Trump. On Tuesday, they won a special election to Wisconsin's state Senate, in a district that Trump won by almost 20 points. Trump endorsed Arrington, a first term state legislator.
She also tried to tap into longtime uneasiness with the incumbent, who's been a familiar name to Lowcountry voters.
Democrats notched another win in state legislative special elections on Tuesday, the party's 43rd red-to-blue flip since President Donald Trump stepped into the White House past year. "Bless his heart - but it's time for Mark Sanford to take a hike - for real this time". The publicity around the trip destroyed Sanford's marriage, but he was still able to win election to his old seat in Congress in 2013.More news: Dancing FBI agent facing charges in accidental shooting
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Arrington has also referred to Sanford's affair. He's one of the most principled, consistent, and conservative members of Congress I've ever known. FreedomWorks and Tea Party Patriots stood behind the incumbent.
Arrington narrowly defeated Sanford after Trump tweeted on election day that Sanford had been unhelpful, adding, "He is better off in Argentina". Reps. Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Jim Jordan of OH, the respective current and former chairmen of the House Freedom Caucus, also stood by Sanford on Tuesday.
In a statement, Mike Biundo, a consultant for Arrington's campaign and a veteran Republican operative, said: "The president's endorsement is very important".
This caused Scarborough to muse that the Republican Party no longer reflects traditional conservatism, so he wondered what will happen to people who still hold onto that kind of political thinking.
Sanford has been outspoken against the president, disagreeing with the administration on tariffs and offshore drilling.
Sanford previously represented the coastal district from 1995 to 2001. "It will go around and come around".
While it was not all good news for Democrats in Wisconsin on Tuesday - Ann Groves Lloyd, the Democrat running in the special election in Wisconsin State Assembly District 42, conceded to her Republican opponent - national Democratic operatives argue their showing in state legislative races shows voters are prepared to rebuke the President in November.