Voters weigh heft of Trump backing in SC primary

Voters weigh heft of Trump backing in SC primary

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.

Sanford is in a tight race for the Republican nomination in South Carolina's 1st District on Tuesday. Nevada, North Dakota, Maine and Virginia also chose candidates for the midterm election on November 6, when Democrats hope to capture a majority of the U.S. Congress.

The district includes portions of Beaufort, Colleton, Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Counties and the election marks Sanford's first contest with President Donald Trump in office. The onetime insurgent has made allegiance to his leadership a litmus test in many Republican races.

Sanford is a second US House member from the South attacked by a challenger for criticizing Trump. Sanford, who was married, fell in love with an Argentinian woman, Maria Belen Chapur, and went to visit her after telling his staff that he would be "hiking the Appalachian trail". He is MIA and nothing but trouble.

Even for a political figure with no shortage of confidence wading into his own party's decision-making, Trump's attack on Sanford was a bold case of going after a sitting member of Congress. "And unlike you, Mark has shown humility in his role and a desire to be a better man than he was the day before".

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

After declaring victory Tuesday, Arrington asked Republicans to come together. It's Democrats' third big special election win in Wisconsin this year alone, and their 43rd state legislative seat they've flipped in the Trump era.

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Nevada and North Dakota are home to two of the most pivotal Senate races this year. In an ad released last month, Arrington mockingly alluded to Sanford's past infidelity and vowed to go to Washington to "get things done, not to go on CNN to bash President Trump".

Corey Stewart, a combative conservative Republican and immigration hardliner who almost upset Ed Gillespie for the party's gubernatorial nomination past year, won the right to face Democratic Senator Tim Kaine, the 2016 vice presidential candidate, in November's U.S. Senate election in November.

North Dakota Republicans chose Rep. Kevin Cramer to challenge vulnerable Democratic Sen.

Heller's state is Democrat-leaning and was narrowly won by Clinton in 2016, while Heitkamp's is dominated by Republicans and voted overwhelmingly for Trump.

Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock in northern Virginia's 10th District will face the victor of a six-way Democratic primary.

Florence attorney Marguerite Willis, who has said she was driven into the race by "the racist, sexist president of the United States", has argued that a woman is needed to take on the good-old-boy network and fight for better lives for women and the poor.

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