Republican Mark Sanford Loses Primary, After Criticizing Trump

Ousted GOP Rep. Mark Sanford Trump ‘lies’ are harmful to Republicans

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Sanford, the former governor of SC who has served in the House since 2013, was defeated by SC state Rep. Katie Arrington in Tuesday's primary.

His critiques of Trump have often focused on the President's style.

GOP Rep. Barry Loudermilk of Georgia argued that Republicans in Congress still have to call out the President when necessary, given the oversight role of the legislative branch.

Still, to other members, Trump's decision to rail against Sanford on a primary day demonstrated the consequences of publicly rejecting the President. "And to a degree that's what this race came down to.". Corker told reporters in Washington. 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.

Mark Sanford is attributing his Republican primary defeat to voters mainly concerned with whether he was sufficiently loyal to President Donald Trump. In Alabama, U.S. Rep. Martha Roby is in a July 17 runoff against former congressman Bobby Bright.

Those apostasies came back to haunt Sanford, even though Arrington was also a vocal Trump critic during the 2016 GOP primary. He said he might not certify the election results.

Those facts don't invalidate Corker's past criticism of Trump or current scolding of his colleagues for not being willing to stand up to the President. During a radio debate, she said, "You can't have a seat at the table in the Oval Office, because you have offended the president numerous times".

Less than three hours before the polls closed, President Trump took to Twitter with the message: "Mark Sanford has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign to MAGA".

Trump, who issued his tweet as he returned from his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, wrote that Sanford "is better off in Argentina".

Just minutes after making those comments, Trump Jr. concluded the interview by looking into the camera and wishing his dad a happy birthday.

It's "becoming a cultish thing, isn't it?" said retiring Sen. And this is what Bob Corker, the senator from Tennessee, has been talking about.

Better late than never, we guess.

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To be sure, the president's track record of picking winners and losers in elections is not ideal.

But in South Carolina, Republican Governor Henry McMaster, an early Trump supporter, was forced into a runoff later this month with a political novice, businessman John Warren.

She will face Democrat Joe Cunningham in November's general election.

He will face Democratic Sen. He's going to go up against the Democratic incumbent Tim Kaine.

While Trump is popular with Republicans, opinion polls show his general approval hovering in the low 40s percent overall.

"It's a blow", said one senior Freedom Caucus aide.

True, in some communities, the only local races on the ballot - many of which drove turnout - were Republican. State Rep. Jacky Rosen, meanwhile, won the Democratic Senate primary easily (77.1%).

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. But he was never a strong Trump fan.

Arrington also used the sex scandal in her campaign. Her unexpected victory now makes Arrington the poster child for the pro-Trump wing of the Republican Party's 2018 takeover.

"He didn't want her winning without his seal of approval", one strategist tracking the race told us.

And some of the primary contests leading up to this fall's midterm election are proving the point. Are you with Trump, or not? "I don't think that's appropriate". Start with niceties before bringing up the trouble spots, "as opposed to just coming out with smashmouth football". "If it's something I disagree on, it doesn't necessarily mean you have to go out and broadcast it to the world".

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