Sanford's concession in 1st District ends era for SC's 'comeback kid'

She needed to win a majority of the vote to avoid a run-off. In turn, Arrington sought to cast the three-term congressman as a traitor who was opposed to the president's agenda.

SC voters are getting their chance to weigh in as voting began Tuesday for the state's primary elections, with a hotly contested governor's race at the top of the ticket. State Representative James Smith won the Democratic nomination for governor.

Women will represent Democrats in all four of Virginia's competitive House races in November, the latest example of the party turning to women to unseat vulnerable Republicans in the Trump era.

Republicans in Virginia are picking between Corey Stewart, who has built his public profile on defending Confederate monuments, state delegate Nick Freitas, the favorite of the Koch brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity and a Rand Paul ally, and minister E.W. Jackson, who has taken a series of hardline conservative positions on social issues. On the Republican side, Tarkanian (who is now running for the House instead of the Senate) will face off against state Sen.

In both parties, a dominant theme was the continued emergence of female candidates. The president's tweet also calls Virginia's Democratic Sen.

Scarborough said the outgoing lawmaker was hailed as a staunch conservative by the Freedom Caucus, but GOP primary voters followed Trump's lead by voting Sanford out.

He was the top aide to Trump's presidential campaign in Virginia in 2016, but was sacked for staging an unauthorized protest of the Republican National Committee.

"Bless his heart, but it's time for Mark Sanford to take a hike - for real this time", Arrington said in the ad. He is better of in Argentina.

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Trump had weighed in on the contest via Twitter the previous day while on his way back from Singapore.

Sanford's dissent to Trump's takeover of the GOP dates back almost two years.

That was a reference to Sanford's surprise disappearance from the state as governor, which he later revealed was to continue his affair with an Argentine woman. Trump urged South Carolinians to vote for McMaster and Arrington hours before polls closed. Later, Sanford admitted he was involved in an extramarital affair in Argentina.

Sanford was struggling to pull ahead of state Rep. Katie Arrington, who had attacked the incumbent for his frequent criticisms of Trump.

President Trump: It's overly simplistic to say that South Carolina GOP congressman Mark Sanford lost his primary Tuesday because of Trump. He tweeted: "Mark Sanford has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign to MAGA".

Sanford also reiterates "It may have cost me an election in this case, but I stand by every one of those decisions to disagree with the president". Local, state and national Democrats have called on him to drop out of the race in the deep-red district and said they wouldn't support him if he won.

State Senator Jennifer Wexton won the Democratic nomination in the state's 10th district, which includes parts of Northern Virginia.

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