Trump takes credit for Sanford loss in SC primary

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President Donald Trump made his feelings about one S.C. candidate known just hours before polls closed in the state primary. "He is better off in Argentina", the president tweeted. "He is better off in Argentina", the president wrote, referring to Sanford's trip to South America in 2009 to have an affair while his unknowing staff in the governor's office told reporters he was hiking the Appalachian Trail.

For his part, Trump doubled-down on his opinions in a second tweet Wednesday morning, writing, "My political representatives didn't want me to get involved in the Mark Sanford primary thinking that Sanford would easily win - but with a few hours left I felt that Katie was such a good candidate, and Sanford was so bad, I had to give it a shot". He is MIA and nothing but trouble. Trump endorsed Arrington, a first term state legislator.

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

"If you want to know where the Republican Party is right now, Mark Sanford survives career-ending, what should have been a career-ending scandal", Scarborough said. He condemned Trump's travel ban and support for increased tariffs.

Sanford is a second U.S. House member from the South attacked by a challenger for criticizing Trump. He went on to attack Trump's penchant for lying and distorting facts.

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".

The big takeaway from Sanford's loss is this: Republican lawmakers who speak out against Trump risk losing their jobs. Rep. Robert Pittenger was ousted in North Carolina last month.

As voters made their primary choices in five states, SC wasn't the only place where Republicans favored conservatives who are seen as closely tied to Trump and his agenda.

Democrats will also be watching the outcomes of Virginia's 2nd District (GOP Rep. Scott Taylor), 7th District (GOP Rep. Dave Brat) and 5th District (retiring GOP Rep. Tom Garrett), where they hope to be competitive in the fall. Earlier this year at the party convention, journalist Leslie Cockburn won the nomination in Virginia's 5th Congressional District.

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There are also primaries in some of South Carolina's seven congressional districts.

Democrats, meanwhile, could nominate state Rep. Jason Smith, a Joe Biden ally, to take on the Republican victor there. Another former congressman, Cresent Hardy, is the favorite to be the Republican in the race.

And in the 3rd District, philanthropist Susie Lee won the Democratic primary, CNN projects, while Republicans could choose Danny Tarkanian, the son of the legendary UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, who dropped his Senate bid at the urging of Trump.

The two primaries were sleepy Tuesday, but will be among the nation's most important battlegrounds in November.

The GOP nominee faces him in November.

In Nevada, Democrats tapped Rep. Jacky Rosen to take on Republican Sen.

Smith has served in the state Legislature for 22 years.

Interest in the race pushed voter turnout by Tuesday afternoon to a higher level than the 2016 Nevada primary, according to Nevada Deputy Secretary of State for Elections Wayne Thorley.

Sisolak, 64, is chair of the powerful governing body for Clark County, which includes the Las Vegas Strip and about two-thirds of the state's residents.But Giunchigliani paints Sisolak as too moderate and has knocked him for receiving an "A-" minus rating from the National Rifle Association in 2012. He's a former lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, the grandson of former U.S. Sen. and Nevada Gov. Paul Laxalt and son of former U.S. Sen. ME also held the first governor's race in the nation under ranked-choice voting.