Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Mark Sanford loses SC primary after President Trump endorses opponent

Mark Sanford loses SC primary after President Trump endorses opponent

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.

In Virginia on Tuesday, Republicans nominated as their US Senate candidate Corey Stewart, who brought Trump-style brashness and a promise of a "vicious" campaign to his race against a more moderate challenger backed by the state Republican Party.

Arrington has criticized Sanford for making disparaging remarks towards President Trump and for spending too much time on cable news. "He is better off in Argentina", the president wrote, referring to Sanford's trip to South America in 2009 to have an affair while his unknowing staff in the governor's office told reporters he was hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Just hours before the polls closed in South Carolina, Trump tweeted, "Mark Sanford has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign to MAGA". A solidly conservative Republican who regularly won elections in the state and usually votes with Trump, his main heresy was in faulting the president for coarsening the national discourse with his bombastic and insulting rhetoric.

Still, another Trump supporter who had the president's endorsement, incumbent South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, was forced into a runoff with John Warren, the founder and chief executive officer of Lima One Capital, a mortgage finance company, in a five-way Republican primary. In Alabama, U.S. Rep. Martha Roby is in a July 17 runoff against former congressman Bobby Bright.

"I would start by praising the president. and then say, 'But here's an issue in my local area where I have some disagreement or I'd like to be something different, '" Collins said.

The Post and Courier reports Sanford has conceded the race. Sanford is also known for not being sufficiently supportive of President Donald Trump. On the Republican side, Tarkanian (who is now running for the House instead of the Senate) will face off against state Sen. Maine, Nevada, and North Dakota also held primaries.

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

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

"A lot of Republicans who hid behind Trump's toga in the primary are going to pay a price in November", said veteran Republican consultant Rich Galen, a former aide to ex-U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich. He is better of in Argentina.

"The idea of some allegiance not to the Constitution, but to the president, was not what I signed up for", Sanford said.

To date, 476 women have filed to run for the House in 2018, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, surpassing the 272 who filed in 2016. If no candidate wins an outright majority, ballot-counters eliminate the candidate with the fewest first-choice votes and redistribute that person's support to the runners-up - and so on until one candidate comes out on top.

Democrats, meanwhile, could nominate state Rep. Jason Smith, a Joe Biden ally, to take on the Republican victor there.

"I can not look my children in the eye and justify a vote for a man who promotes and boasts about sexually assaulting women", Roby said after the tape was released. Democrat Hillary Clinton carried it over Trump by 10 percentage points in the 2016 presidential election.

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