Trump Endorses GOP Congressman's Challenger Just Hours Before Polls Close

In his tweet, Trump said: "Mark Sanford has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign to MAGA".

Sanford secretly traveled to Argentina to see his mistress in 2009, while famously claiming to be hiking on the Appalachian Trail. In a rare dissent from the President, Rep. Mark Meadows issued a statement shortly after Trump's tweet that reaffirmed he was "very supportive" of Sanford's re-election bid.

Trump was referencing Sanford's previous sex scandal when he tweeted of the congressman: "He is MIA and nothing but trouble".

That all came crashing back down on Tuesday, when Sanford's opponent, political newcomer Katie Arrington, defeated him in a GOP primary battle that largely served as a referendum on his anti-Trump rhetoric. She is tough on crime and will continue our fight to lower taxes.

Arrington has capitalized on Sanford's opposition toTrump during his time in office - calling him a "never Trumper" throughout her campaign - and has also taken digs at Sanford's past scandal in campaign ads.

Sanford conceded to state Rep. Katie Arrington after 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, telling the crowd that he is a "realist".

"It's time for a conservative who will work with President Trump, not against him", Arrington said in her closing TV spot attacking Sanford. In doing so, Arrington handed Sanford his first election loss ever.

He was sacked from the Trump campaign after staging an unsanctioned protest at the headquarters of the Republican National Committee, which Stewart said wasn't sufficiently loyal to Trump during the presidential campaign. Promising to run a blue-collar campaign in similar fashion to President Trump's 2016 presidential race according to Fox News, Stewart shows no sign of pulling any punches as the primary season rolls on in preparation for the midterm elections.

Stewart said he plans to campaign in a Trump-like way that appeals to blue collar voters across the political spectrum. Sanford is also not alone in facing backlash as a Republican willing to voice his criticism of President Trump.

Voters in ME will be the first in the nation to use the system in a statewide election that lets voters rank candidates by preference rather than choosing just one.

Sanford survived that public confession to the affair to win two more terms to the U.S. House. Rep. Robert Pittenger was ousted in North Carolina last month. She has not called for a single-payer, government-run health insurance system, as some Democratic House primary winners in California, Nebraska and Pennsylvania have.

Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates the general election Solid Republican. 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. Trump won the district in 2016 by a margin of 53% to 40%.

There was also the return of Sharron Angle, the conservative who once ominously threatened to "take out" then-Sen.

"And if we lose that, if simply the litmus test of our elections is, who is 100 percent in allegiance with somebody else, I think we will awfully important part of what makes our country special and unique based on the Founding Fathers' design".

Voters in both parties will be choosing their nominee for governor because their current governor is term-limited and will finish his tenure this year. In the 4th District, vacated by retiring Rep. Ruben Kihuen, two former congressmen - Democrat Steven Horsford and Republican Cresent Hardy - are the favorites.

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

The Senate landscape is becoming more settled Tuesday night as well.

Dean Heller. And in North Dakota, Republicans will pick Rep. Kevin Cramer to challenge Democratic Sen.

In Nevada, incumbent Republican Sen.

Sanford was elected to his current spot in 2013 after serving as the state's governor from 2003 to 2011. McMaster received the most votes of the four Republicans running, but will face Greenville businessman John Warren in a second contest June 26.

The victor of the runoff will face Democratic State Rep. James Smith in November.

In between, Sanford was S.C. governor from 2003 to 2011.

  • Leroy Wright