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

by Garry Watts June 15, 2018, 0:33
Trump attacks Republican up for re-election with reference to affair

Incumbent Republican Congressman Mark Sanford lost in the SC primary race to challenger Katie Arrington on Tuesday, after President Trump made an election-day social media move to hit out at Sanford and endorse Arrington in the race. "Mark Sanford has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign to MAGA", Trump tweeted just hours before polls closed. He is MIA and nothing but trouble.

It's true that Sanford's six-day disappearance during July 2009-when he was supposedly hiking a portion of the Appalachian Trail, but was actually having an extramarital affair with an Argentine woman, María Belén Chapur-changed the course of his political career.

The South Carolina Republican, who served in Congress from 1995-2001, was re-elected in 2013 in a special election in his Charleston-based district.

A one-time state chairman of President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, Stewart almost won the 2017 Republican nomination for governor, despite being heavily outspent.

Arrington, the first-term state lawmaker who defeated him on Tuesday, aired ads that featured clips of Sanford speaking critically about Trump's actions.

'She is tough on crime and will continue our fight to lower taxes. Sanford endorsed Ted Cruz (R-TX) during the 2016 presidential primary.

Asked whether he would consider forming a splinter party with fellow anti-Trump Republican Bob Corker, a Tennessee senator, Sanford declined to give a definitive answer, saying he was focused on the short-term.

Democrats need to pick up 23 seats in the House and two seats in the Senate in the November 6 elections to regain control of those chambers, allowing them to block Trump's agenda and possibly launch investigations or even impeachment of the president. But as Sanford spoke to the crowd, the race was still too close to call.

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Rep. Martha Roby, for example, was forced into a runoff last week in Alabama after her opponents seized on her own rift with the president. Rep. Kevin Cramer is expected to take home the Republican nomination Tuesday night.

Arrington, a businesswoman with ties to the military, was considered an underdog when she initially launched her first race for Congress past year.

He also slammed Sanford as being 'better off in Argentina'.

Frustrated by his Republican colleagues' refusal to vote on his amendment to roll back President Trump's tariffs, Sen.

The Democratic victor was Susie Lee, a philanthropist who previously lost a primary in the nearby 4th Congressional District and had locked up most party support. Trump won the district in 2016 by a margin of 53% to 40%.

A second incumbent Republican congressman has lost his seat in a primary featuring intense divisions among the GOP in the Trump era.

Golden was leading late Tuesday. Tim Kaine and choosing nominees in several competitive House races, Nevada and North Dakota choosing their Senate candidates and ME for the first time trying - and voting on whether to keep - a new voting system in which voters rank their preferences, rather than only selecting one. He went on to be a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus and a leading critic of President Trump from the Never Trump wing of the GOP, before losing to Arrington on Tuesday.

"There's only one Trump, for better or worse", said Chip Felkel, a Greenville Republican political consultant. McMaster received the most votes of the four Republicans running, but will face Greenville businessman John Warren in a second contest June 26.

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