Mark Sanford, Fromer SC Governor, Loses Seat in U.S. House

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The president himself weighed in by stoking memories of the affair, tweeting that Sanford was "better off in Argentina".

Throughout his political career, Sanford has played up his outsider credentials - both in the U.S. House, where he supported a box to check on federal tax returns to put $3 toward the national debt, and as governor, bringing a pair of squealing pigs to the state House and Senate chamber to protest what he call pork spending. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, she had 50.6 percent of the vote to Sanford's 46.5 percent. He also criticized Trump's actions while in office, such as when he called the president's new tariffs on steel and aluminum 'an experiment with stupidity'.

Sanford has held the seat since a special election in 2013, but faces a tight challenge in the GOP primary from Arrington, a first-term S.C. House member. In between, he served two terms as the state's governor.

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On Tuesday, Virginia Republicans rejected the party establishment to nominate pro-Trump Corey Stewart, an immigration hardliner and supporter of Confederate monuments whose aggressive campaign style recalls that of the president. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Hillary Rodham Clinton's failed 2016 presidential running mate.

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"The race ultimately was reduced down to who was more Trump, versus not, and I lost that race", Sanford acknowledged. Meanwhile, a stunning upset took place in a Lowcountry congressional race - and the results of a hotly contested Upstate race were muddied by dysfunctional vote counting.

While Trump is popular with Republicans, opinion polls show his general approval hovering in the low 40s% overall. The president took note of his last-minute intervention in the race.

Trump tweets Wednesday that his advisers didn't want him to get involved in the Republican primary, thinking Rep. Mark Sanford "would easily win". "Congrats to Katie Arrington!" the president said on Twitter. He first claimed he'd been "hiking the Appalachian Trail" but later admitted to an extramarital affair in Argentina. Stewart - who favors keeping Confederate monuments - had always been on the fringe of the state's GOP; now the win makes him the standard-bearer of a deeply divided party that hasn't won a statewide race in almost a decade. "He is better off in Argentina".

"What mattered was are you for or against the president", Sanford, who lost to state Rep. Katie Arrington in the GOP primary, told Anderson Cooper on CNN.

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"The idea of some allegiance not to the Constitution, but to the president, was not what I signed up for", Sanford said. Sanford came away from a closed-door meeting less than impressed by Trump's grasp of the U.S. Constitution.

He ran a total of 1,125 spots in the district's two biggest television markets at an estimated cost of $187,700, according to data from Kantar Media's CMAG, which tracks political advertising. I guess he doesn't. It has voted Democrat in the three elections since. In July 2016, shortly after wrapping up the Republican nomination and hoping to unify the party before the convention, Trump paid a high profile visit to congressional Republicans on Capitol Hill.

And in suburban Richmond's Seventh District, former Central Intelligence Agency officer Abigail Spanberger was declared the victor for the Democratic nomination, setting the stage for a fall campaign against GOP Representative David Brat.

I have felt for years that the modern GOP, largely because of its near single-minded fixation on serving the interests of the rich, was intellectually bankrupt, and saved from permanent defeat only by the Democrats' parallel lurch left and American moderates' reluctance to hand progressives a blank check on government. The chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, who was sacked from the Trump campaign, was the frontrunner, but his win over state Delegate Nick Freitas still upset more moderate Republicans. As voters were heading to the polls Tuesday, the president took a shot at the incumbent congressman.

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