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Losing GOP incumbent warns of ‘pledges of allegiance’ to Trump

16 June 2018

In a late-hour tweet that observers say had little impact, President Trump had endorsed Arrington and labeled Sanford "unhelpful" and "nothing but trouble".

Trump Jr. was responding to Corker's comments on Wednesday that Republicans "are in a unusual place" in their support of the president.

"I think the thing is representation", Sara Haines explained.

Sanford, the former SC governor, had never lost an election before Tuesday, even after a high-profile extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina. In his tweet, delivered while he returned from his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump said Sanford "is better off in Argentina". The president himself weighed in by stoking memories of the affair, tweeting that Sanford was "better off in Argentina". Arrington, now a state representative, is challenging Sanford for the 1st Congressional District seat. She is tough on crime and will continue our fight to lower taxes.

Despite trying to run to Sanford's right, Arrington told Roll Call last fall she would not want to join the hard-line conservative Freedom Caucus. The scandal earned him the nickname "Luv Gov".

While Sanford's defiance of Trump cost him, Virginia congresswoman Barbara Comstock handily won her primary against a more conservative candidate who accused her of being a "Never Trumper".

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Oldendick said Arrington campaigned on Sanford's criticism of Trump, which "really kind of put things over the top". "In other words, it is certainly possible that Sanford's anti-Trump position mattered, but other factors might have played a role as well".

His critiques of Trump have often focused on the President's style.

However, Sanford has been critical of President Trump, most recently calling his tariff on aluminum and steel an "experiment with stupidity". He also blasted the Trump administration for its "ad hoc" approach to the issue.

Trump tweeted his endorsement of Arrington along with the swipe at Sanford.

The South Carolina race was a highlight of Tuesday's primary voting in five states. Rep. Robert Pittenger was ousted in North Carolina last month.

In Virginia, Corey Stewart, a member of the Prince William County Board of County Supervisors and a strong supporter of Trump, won a narrow victory to take the Republican nomination for Senate, where he will face Hillary Clinton's running mate, Tim Kaine, in November.

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Democrats have elected state Sen.

Trump's mostly winning touch in Republican primaries has not translated to general elections.

Kate Marshall also won the Democratic primary for Nevada's lieutenant governor, and fellow Democrats Susie Lee (third district), Clint Koble (second district) and incumbent Dina Titus (first district) won congressional primaries.

If there's no majority victor, then the ballots will be shipped to the state capital for additional tabulations.

With 1 percent of precincts in the 1st District reporting, Sanford remains in a tight race with Arrington. Following this, Sanford was censured by the South Carolina House of Representatives, avoiding impeachment. At the moment, none of the Democrats are close to passing the 50 percent threshold, so the result will likely take a few days. In the 4th District, vacated by retiring Rep. Ruben Kihuen, Steven Horsford, a former congressman, will be the Democratic nominee.

The chief races are Republican and Democratic primaries for governor. He also thrusted some blame onto Trump for increasing divides within the modern Republican party and creating an even more volatile political climate.

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A handful of Republicans have done as much, including Sens. After the Access Hollywood tape dropped, in which Trump bragged about grabbing women "by the pussy", Roby said she could no longer vote for Trump. He faces a field of candidates that also includes state treasurer Dan Schwartz.

Losing GOP incumbent warns of ‘pledges of allegiance’ to Trump