Mark Sanford fights to survive in SC 1st District congressional results

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With just hours to go before the polls closed when Trump sent the tweet, it's unlikely his message was the deciding factor - but it served as a notable warning for members of Congress who defy him.

Rep. Mark Sanford, who lost a bruising SC primary Tuesday after President Donald Trump tweeted support for his opponent, said Wednesday the idea the Republican Party now belongs to Trump was "not something that I buy into".

"Now, we're just in a very weird place that I've never seen before", Sanford said. He is MIA and nothing but trouble.

Trump doubled down on the tweet on Wednesday, saying he had to get involved in the race because Sanford was "so bad".

The swipe was a reference to Sanford's unexplained disappearance from the state in 2009, which he later said was part of an affair he was carrying on with a woman in Argentina. Afterwards, in 2013, he somehow won a special election for the first district seat, filling the vacancy left when Tim Scott was appointed to the Senate.

But Sanford has also attacked Trump on the Stormy Daniels episode, siding with the fake news media over the president of hiss own party, and has been a thorn in the side of the president's legislative agenda in addition to his frequent public criticisms. In Tuesday's primary, he lost to state Representative Katie Arrington, who had campaigned against Sanford by branding him a "Never Trumper".

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

Tarkanian is one of the only Republicans in Nevada who was on the ballot in 2016 for a national race who stuck with President Trump and did not abandon him when House Speaker Paul Ryan did abandon the president and encouraged other members to do so as well. Meanwhile, Sanford's defeat means Congress will lose an advocate for limited government and individual liberty at the end of the current term.

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Trump has been accused of extra martial affairs.

Another Republican who was also critical of Trump, Alabama GOP Rep. Martha Roby, is also at risk of losing re-election.

Arrington endorsed Senator Marco Rubio in the 2016 contest and said she was following the lead of the state's governor at the time, Nikki Haley. "He is better off in Argentina", Trump tweeted. Stewart, an actual Trump supporter, has the support of the president going into the general election against Sen. If no one gets a majority after the polls close Tuesday night, then there is a runoff in two weeks.

To be sure, the president's track record of picking winners and losers in elections is not flawless. In North Dakota, GOP Representative Kevin Cramer was declared the party's primary victor, setting him up to run against Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp.

Republican Corey Stewart beat state lawmaker Nick Freitas and Chesapeake minister E.W. Jackson.

He demurred during the run-up to the 2016 election when asked if he'd support Trump and spoke out against the president after the election on issues such as limiting Muslim immigrants. After all, candidates backed by Trump (i.e., Luther Strange, Roy Moore, Rick Saccone, Ed Gillespie) also lost. A few sputter indignantly at Trump's various excesses, without, it seems, spending one second wondering whether they might have had any role in getting us here by spending their careers promoting failed ideas.

Democrats notched another win in state legislative special elections on Tuesday, the party's 43rd red-to-blue flip since President Donald Trump stepped into the White House previous year.

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