Sanford loss magnifies 'Trump effect' on GOP primaries

18 June, 2018, 16:20 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Trump attacks Republican up for re-election with reference to affair

McMaster was the first statewide elected official to back Trump's 2016 presidential campaign but has faced questions over corruption in state government.

The hosts were discussing Donald Trump critic Mark Sanford's defeat Tuesday in South Carolina's first congressional district.

Mark Sanford survived the fallout from his "hike" on the Appalachian Trail, but he couldn't survive the backlash to his past criticisms of President Trump.

In Maine's 1st District, incumbent Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree will face Republican candidate Mark Holbrook.

And in Virginia's 10th Congressional District, state Sen. He was a conservative Republican who has not voted against Trump on policy, but he has criticized him.

"And so, I think it's important for all of us to stop and say, wait a minute, we have an institution set up by the Founding Fathers, where vigorous dissent, disagreement was part of what they set up". "Sanford's performances in the past have been weak", Kondik said, "Very rarely do House members lose re-nomination and Sanford but a logical candidate given his opposition to Trump and his general weakness with the electorate".

Meanwhile, a candidate for governor who had done her best to imitate President Donald Trump ultimately rubbed voters the wrong way, while a once-popular Richland solicitor fell victim to a swarm of allegations about sexual harassment allegations and improper spending.

Arrington spent her campaign calling Sanford a "Never Trumper". Sanford's loss writes another freakish chapter in a political career full of controversy and distraction.


According to the New York Times, lawmakers in North Carolina considered impeaching Sanford when he served as the state's governor over his scandals, primarily the aforementioned sex scandal. As a result, political newcomer Katie Arrington, who lambasted Sanford for his lack of loyalty to Trump, clinched the election in a contest that grabbed national headlines.

In related news in Virginia, pro-Trump populist Corey Stewart was also awarded a primary victory over his opponent, and will now face off against Hillary Clinton's former running mate, Democratic Senator Tim Kaine.

"He is MIA and nothing but trouble", Trump said.

SHAPIRO: And last night was also a good primary night for another Trump booster who some Republican leaders really don't seem very happy about in Virginia. It has voted Democrat in the three elections since.

Sanford has called Trump's tariffs on aluminium and steel imports "an experiment in stupidity", said Trump has done some "weird stuff" in office, and even suggested that Trump was "partially" to blame for divisive rhetoric that led to the congressional baseball practice shooting a year ago. She is tough on crime and will continue our fight to lower taxes.

In South Carolina, Republican Gov. Henry McMaster - an early and vocal supporter of Trump who replaced former Gov. Nikki Haley - fell short of 50% and is headed to a June 26 runoff with the second-place finisher, businessman John Warren.

Arrington says he also called her. Afghanistan veteran and longtime state Rep. James Smith is the front-runner, spending 22 years in the South Carolina House before stepping aside for a run for governor.

U.S. Rep. Mark Sandford (R-S.C.) arrives at a House Republican Conference meeting on Capitol Hill on September 28, 2013.

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