Runoffs set for several SC Congressional District races

Trump attacks Republican up for re-election with reference to affair

After conceding defeat Tuesday night, Sanford said he did not regret criticizing President Trump.

Trump endorsed Arrington hours before the polls closed Tuesday in a tweet attacking Sanford for being "very unhelpful to me in my campaign to MAGA".

Then the tweet got personal, with Trump saying Sanford is "better off in Argentina".

The congressman had been a rising star in the GOP in 2009 when his aides told reporters he was missing because he was hiking the Appalachian Trail - only for him to get caught instead returning from Argentina, where he had been visiting his mistress.

In 2013, Sanford won a special election to regain his former U.S. House seat.

The President took to Twitter following the results of the South Carolina Republican primary to congratulate Arrington on her successful campaign, while also rubbing a bit of salt in Sanford's fresh wounds.

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".

Ousted Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) said his fellow Republicans are "running for the hills" because they can't deal with President Trump's "lies". She is tough on crime and will continue our fight to lower taxes.

McMaster, an early supporter of the president's 2016 campaign, had Trump's full endorsement, marked by a weekend tweet.

Representative Arrington, who made a campaign issue of Sanford's criticism of Trump, won 50.6 percent of the vote to Sanford's 46.5 percent with nearly all ballots counted.

McMaster received about 42 percent of the vote.

"There's a temptation, given the American public's frustration with the political system, .to throw the baby out with the bathwater, and 'let's discard all these institutions that have served us incredibly well for 200+ years, '" Sanford said.

The President was quick to take credit for Sanford's loss Wednesday morning while praising the new GOP nominee, Katie Arrington.

His challenger successfully framed the contest as a referendum on the president, and an eleventh-hour endorsement from Trump himself may have gotten her across the finish line. He says he plans a "vicious" general election campaign against Kaine, who battled Trump as Hillary Clinton's vice presidential candidate and has a huge fundraising advantage.

Charleston County Republican Party executive committee member Cyndi Mosteller also believes President Trump's tweet was a factor in the outcome. And a year ago Sanford had been vocal in indicating concerns about what he said were constant impolite and incendiary comments from Trump Sanford said then that the president seemed to make public discourse worse, not better. "Yet because he was willing to honor Article 1 Separation of Powers and speak his mind, he loses a primary?"

"The race ultimately was reduced down to who was more Trump, versus not, and I lost that race", Sanford acknowledged.

There were full primaries for two open seats in Nevada, both held by Democrats but considered competitive in the fall, the 3rd and 4th Congressional Districts.

In Virginia's 2nd Congressional District, Democrat and veteran Elaine Luria will face incumbent Republican Rep. Scott Taylor, also a veteran.

Her unexpected victory now makes Arrington the poster child for the pro-Trump wing of the Republican Party's 2018 takeover.

In a big Virginia race, Republican Corey Stewart - known for his ardent defense of Confederate symbolism - won the Republican primary to face Democratic Sen.

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