In SC Primary, Ardent Trump Backer Defeats Rep. Mark Sanford

In SC Primary, Ardent Trump Backer Defeats Rep. Mark Sanford

The big takeaway from Sanford's loss is this: Republican lawmakers who speak out against Trump risk losing their jobs.

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.

The Richland Republican finished first with a strong showing in Tuesday's primary but fell short of the 50-percent-plus one majority needed to clinch the GOP nomination outright.

With 1 percent of precincts in the 1st District reporting, Sanford remains in a tight race with Arrington. Scarborough noted that Sanford has said a number of critical statements about Trump in the past, so the MSNBC host flat out asked "Why don't we just say [the GOP] has devolved into a cult?" On Capitol Hill, Sen.

Warren, who only entered the race in February, served as a Marine and has largely self-funded his campaign, contributing more than $3 million toward his coffers. It's easy to believe that Trump influenced enough votes to provide that boost.

Then he delivered a scathing rebuke of Sanford's personal life, writing: "He is better off in Argentina".

"And unlike you", he tweeted at Trump, "Mark has shown humility in his role and a desire to be a better man than he was the day before".

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Trump personally recruited Cramer to run, but there has been tension between the congressman and the White House.

In SC Primary, Ardent Trump Backer Defeats Rep. Mark Sanford

In recent years in Congress, Sanford has drawn ire from chamber-of-commerce Republicans for voting against omnibus spending bills containing money for the Charleston port deepening project - a top priority in his district - because he opposes earmarks. Dean Heller is considered the most vulnerable Republican senator running for reelection.

Trump, saddled with low approval ratings, has emerged as a focal point in several races around the country.

Tarkanian, who lost the 3rd Congressional District to Rosen in 2016, plunged back into that race and raised four times as much money as his closest challenger.

Sanford has also split with own party, perhaps most notably in this coastal district, on human contributions to climate change.

Republican John Cox did qualify for one of the top two spots in the California governor's race - alongside Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is heavily favored to win the race in the Democratic state. Horsford won his primary Tuesday and Hardy was leading in early returns. Luria, a Navy veteran and businesswoman, was her party's pick in the contest for the seat held by Republican Representative Scott Taylor, who's a former Navy SEAL.

Sisolak, 64, is chair of the powerful governing body for Clark County, which includes the Las Vegas Strip and about two-thirds of the state's residents.But Giunchigliani paints Sisolak as too moderate and has knocked him for receiving an "A-" minus rating from the National Rifle Association in 2012. This means that on the ballot, voters rank the candidates from their favorite to least favorite.

There are three candidates, including Sanford, in the Republican primary.

First they must settle a seven-way primary field led by Attorney General Janet Mills and former state House Speaker Mark Eves. One is Sen Heidi Heitkamp's seat in North Dakota.

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