Hours after a last-minute broadside from President Donald Trump, South Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Sanford lost his primary race on Tuesday night, according to The Associated Press, possibly ushering in an end to a political career plagued by a major scandal.
"I fully endorse Katie Arrington for Congress in SC, a state I love".
Since then, Sanford has accused Trump of fanning "the flames of intolerance", criticized Trump's use of the word "shit-hole" to describe some third world countries, and most recently called the president's plan to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports "an experiment with stupidity".
'Bless his heart, but it's time for Mark Sanford to take a hike - for real this time, ' Arrington says in one TV ad.
The Argentina thing is a reference to the affair Sanford carried out while governor in 2009, when he went missing for about a week and was discovered to be spending time in Argentina with a woman who wasn't his wife.
Hours before polls closed, President Donald Trump posted on his official Twitter account that Sanford was very unhelpful to him and was better off in Argentina. "He is MIA and nothing but trouble", Trump wrote in a tweet Tuesday afternoon, less than three hours before polls closed in SC.
The Senate landscape will become more settled Tuesday night as well.
Democrats in Wisconsin: Democrats at the state legislative level continue to win improbable races. State Representative James Smith won the Democratic nomination for governor.
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The Republican congressman Justin Amash, a fellow libertarian leaning Trump critic, also tweeted his support for Sanford, in a message aimed at Trump, writing: "He's one of the most principled, consistent, and conservative members of Congress I've ever known".
Attorney General Alan Wilson will face two Republican challengers: William Herlong and Todd Atwater. In Virginia, Republicans went with a candidate who was so over-the-top Trumpy that he wound up being fired from the president's campaign.
Corey Stewart, the bombastic conservative who built his public image on championing the Confederate flag and monuments like Charlottesville's Robert E. Lee statue and has appeared with white nationalists, won the Republican Senate nomination.
In Nevada, Democrats tapped Rep. Jacky Rosen to take on Republican Sen. Former Rep. Cresent Hardy is the Republican frontrunner in a six-person race, while former Rep. Steven Horsford is expect to win the Democratic nomination after incumbent Ruben Kihuen announced he wouldn't seek reelection in response to sexual misconduct allegations.
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GOP leaders are scrambling to prevent the petition from being completed on Tuesday, which would set a debate for June 25. That solution is meant to address conservative concerns that there be no "special" pathway to citizenship for dreamers .
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster will have a runoff against business executive John Warren, even though McMaster was one of the few Republican leaders in South Carolina who supported Trump's presidential bid.
Democrats, meanwhile, nominated state Rep. James Smith, a Joe Biden ally, to take on the Republican victor. In North Dakota, GOP Representative Kevin Cramer was declared the party's primary victor, setting him up to run against Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp. "Primary voters in the Republican Party have devolved into a Trumpist cult". Harry Reid, and Chris Giunchigliani, who was endorsed by Hillary Clinton and is a woman, which has proven to be a decisive advantage in earlier Democratic contests this year.
Republican Attorney Gen. Adam Laxalt is expected to easily clear the GOP field.
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