Primary election lesson for GOP: Don't cross President Donald Trump

2018 Election: What to expect in Nevada, Virginia, Maine, North Dakota and South Carolina - Philly

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

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.

Rep. Mark Sanford, a vocal criEtic of President Donald Trump, appeared to be on the verge of losing his SC congressional seat Tuesday after the president injected himself into the bitter Republican primary by stoking memories of the incumbent's public extramarital affair seven years ago.

I think if you took a look at Republican nominees who are women this time, it hasn't gone down. The President of the United States then called the congressman and former S.C. governor, "MIA and nothing but trouble". That scandal loomed large in the race, with both Trump and Arrington mocking the excuse Sanford had initially used in covering up his affair: that he'd been "hiking the Appalachian Trail". But in 2013, he won a special congressional election that enabled him to write his second act.

Sanford has said in several interviews in recent months that the tenor of his town halls and other campaign events in his coastal 1st District had shifted, with voters using expletives and saying if Trump can say anything he wants, they can, too.

With 99 percent of the state's precincts reporting, state Rep. Katie Arrington had 50.5 percent with 32,441 votes to Sanford's 46.5 percent with 29,899 votes. She is tough on crime and will continue our fight to lower taxes. Sanford endorsed Ted Cruz (R-TX) during the 2016 presidential primary.

Taking down an incumbent is no easy feat in American politics, but this race was really a referendum on the relative strength of the anti-Trump contingent in the Republican Party as it struggles to hold off the #MAGA cult of personality.

Centrist Steve Sisolak won a bruising battle between Clark County commissioners vying to be Nevada's first Democratic governor in two decades.

"In response to the president's tweet, Michigan Rep. Justin Amash came to his colleague's defense, hitting back at Trump's remarks by replying, "@MarkSanford's job is to support and defend the Constitution. Alabama Rep. Martha Roby was forced into a runoff.

He was the top aide to Trump's presidential campaign in Virginia in 2016, but was sacked for staging an unauthorized protest of the Republican National Committee. "He is better off in Argentina", Trump tweeted. In his remarks Tuesday night, he said: "I stand by every one of those decisions to disagree with the president".

In Democratic primaries - particularly three key House races in Virginia - the theme of this spring's primaries continued: Female candidates are winning at unprecedented rates and often by large margins. Earlier this year at the party convention, journalist Leslie Cockburn won the nomination in Virginia's 5th Congressional District.

Nevada's Senate primary became much less interesting when businessman Danny Tarkanian was persuaded by Trump to end his challenge to Republican incumbent Sen.

Third, the dichotomy between what Republicans want and what the country at large wants is becoming so vast that it's hard for Republicans to run toward Trump in the primary and then away from him in the general election.

Sanford is a second U.S. House member from the South attacked by a challenger for criticizing Trump. That's why you see so many races in the "Toss Up" or "Lean Democrat" column for November's midterm elections.

Loudermilk said it's best for lawmakers to take their concerns privately to the White House, as he said he has done behind the scenes on Trump's proposed tariffs.

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