Primary election lesson for GOP: Don't cross the president

Primary election lesson for GOP: Don't cross the president

Primary election lesson for GOP: Don't cross the president

However, Sanford has been critical of President Trump, most recently calling his tariff on aluminum and steel an "experiment with stupidity". He's called out the president for his rhetoric, saying he was "partially to blame" for the kind of incivility that led to the shooting at the GOP congressional baseball team's practice past year.

But two sources familiar with the situation said Trump was indeed referring to his "internal team" when he blamed nameless "representatives" for trying to keep him from going after Sanford.

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.

"He keeps going against the president, doesn't he?" she said last fall.

Meanwhile, a candidate for governor who had done her best to imitate President Donald Trump ultimately rubbed voters the wrong way, while a once-popular Richland solicitor fell victim to a swarm of allegations about sexual harassment allegations and improper spending.

Asked why more Republicans haven't spoken out against Trump, Sanford said, "People are running for the hills". After attacking Sanford, the president backed Arrington. Later, Sanford admitted he was involved in an extramarital affair in Argentina.

That all came crashing back down on Tuesday, when Sanford's opponent, political newcomer Katie Arrington, defeated him in a GOP primary battle that largely served as a referendum on his anti-Trump rhetoric.

On Tuesday night, just a few hours before the polls closed, Trump tweeted that "Mark Sanford has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign to MAGA".

Rep. Mark Meadows, a close ally of the President, is rarely short on words when talking to reporters, but on Wednesday he declined to weigh in on the President's last-minute involvement in Sanford's race or speculate on the congressman's defeat.

In Maine, some uncertainty surrounded a contest among candidates to replace outgoing Republican Governor Paul LePage, who said he might not certify election results because he opposes a new voting format.

"He is MIA and nothing but trouble", Trump tweeted, adding, "He is better off in Argentina". Smith is one of three candidates vying for the Democratic nomination. Sanford is also not alone in facing backlash as a Republican willing to voice his criticism of President Trump. She is tough on crime and will continue our fight to lower taxes. Republican Attorney General Adam Laxalt easily cleared the GOP field.

With 48 percent of the vote in, it's starting to look like Arrington could win the GOP nomination without a runoff.

Corker, the Republican senator from Tennessee who seems to feel more liberated because of his retirement, complained bitterly Tuesday when GOP leadership blocked consideration of an amendment he introduced that would let Congress overturn some of the president's latest protectionist moves.

Another House race worth watching is in SC, where Archie Parnell is poised to win the Democratic primary in the 5th District despite admitting to domestic abuse in the 1970s.

Meanwhile, the state's Governor, Henry McMaster, will face-off against fellow Republican John Warren in a special runoff election later this month, after McMaster failed to secure more than half of the majority vote.

She also tried to tap into longtime uneasiness with the incumbent, who's been a familiar name to Lowcountry voters.

Democratic State Sen. Jennifer Wexton was the clear victor in a six-way primary in a northern Virginia district considered key to the House battleground map this fall, and will challenge Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock.

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