Mark Sanford, Fromer SC Governor, Loses Seat in U.S. House


As Morning Joe talked about Congressman Mark Sanford's defeat last night in the SC primaries, Joe Scarborough called it the latest sign that the Republican Party has become completely subservient to President Donald Trump.

Unable to muster 50 percent of the Republican primary vote for governor, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, one of Trump's top allies in the state, was forced into a runoff for the GOP nomination.

Before the race was called Tuesday, Sanford conceded before a crowd of his supporters, saying he's "always been a realist" and predicted he would lose once the final vote tally was in. He is better of in Argentina.

In June 2009, Sanford disappeared from public view for six days and later claimed that he had been hiking on the Appalachian Trail. He is MIA and nothing but trouble.

Yes, that reference to Argentina is the thrice-wedded president (who may have had an affair with a porn star) accusing Sanford of being bad at marriage, apparently without a hint of irony.

Voters on Tuesday decided state Rep. Katie Arrington would be the Republican candidate in the coastal 1st District.

'She is tough on crime and will continue our fight to lower taxes.

Arrington has a tough road ahead of her, though.

Did Trump's endorsement swing the race to Arrington?

His critiques of Trump have often focused on the President's style.

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But Arrington, who works for a defense contractor, has been able to exploit that trait, pointing out Sanford's call for Trump to release his tax returns, his vote against Trump's border wall proposal, and his calling proposed tariffs on aluminum and steel "an experiment with stupidity".

Trump launched a pointedly personal attack on Sanford just hours before polls closed. He went on to attack Trump's penchant for lying and distorting facts. He tweeted: "Mark Sanford has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign to MAGA". In his remarks Tuesday night, he said: "I stand by every one of those decisions to disagree with the president".

The race for second place is getting closer, with Warren at 25 percent and Templeton at 23 percent. Rep. Robert Pittenger was ousted in North Carolina last month.

In a state represented by moderate Republican Sen. Ted Cruz during the 2016 election campaign.

Seats in the state legislature and U.S. Congress are up for grabs depending on where you live.

In Virginia, a state legislator favored by the Virginia Democratic Party establishment won a crowded battle for the right to challenge one of the most endangered congressional Republicans in November's elections.

One of the most interesting GOP primaries in Nevada involves legal brothel owner Dennis Hof challenging GOP state Rep. James Oscarson for his seat in the statehouse. Another former congressman, Cresent Hardy, is the favorite to be the Republican in the race. There are primaries Tuesday night in three of those seats. Dean Heller. And in North Dakota, Republicans will pick Rep. Kevin Cramer to challenge Democratic Sen.

In Nevada, Democrats tapped Rep. Jacky Rosen to take on Republican Sen.

Arrington endorsed Senator Marco Rubio in the 2016 contest and said she was following the lead of the state's governor at the time, Nikki Haley.

Democrats, meanwhile, nominated state Rep. James Smith, a Joe Biden ally, to take on the Republican victor. "Primary voters in the Republican Party have devolved into a Trumpist cult". Maine Governor Paul LePage is reportedly considering not certifying the results.