The GOP is Donald Trump’s Party Now

Howard TerryJun 14, 2018

U.S. Representative Mark Sanford, a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, lost a Republican congressional primary in SC on Tuesday, after Trump urged voters to punish Sanford's disloyalty by tossing him from office.

On Tuesday night, Sanford told supporters gathered in Mount Pleasant, "I've always been a realist, and at this point, based on the numbers I see, I think that I'll end up losing this election".

Arrington has 52 percent of the vote in the GOP primary in the state's 1st congressional district, leading incumbent Rep. Mark Sanford who has just 45 percent, according to the Associated Press.

The result is that he has faced a primary challenge from Katie Arrington, a state representative who is campaigning on her loyalty to Trump.

South Carolina Congressman Mark Sanford (R) lost the GOP primary campaign on Tuesday.

In an 11th-hour primary day intervention, Trump struck back on Twitter, calling Sanford "nothing but trouble" and "very unhelpful" for advancing the Trump agenda.

Arrington, who made a campaign issue of Sanford's criticism of Trump, won 50.6 percent of the vote to Sanford's 46.5 percent with nearly all ballots counted.

Over and over again, Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) has warned that President Trump is turning his party into a "cult of personality".

Sanford is the second incumbent House Republican to lose a primary this year - and the latest victim of intense divisions among the GOP in the Trump era.

"I would start by praising the president. and then say, 'But here's an issue in my local area where I have some disagreement or I'd like to be something different, '" Collins said.

"There's a temptation, given the American public's frustration with the political system, .to throw the baby out with the bathwater, and 'let's discard all these institutions that have served us incredibly well for 200+ years, '" Sanford said.

"I wasn't particularly impressed", Sanford told The Washington Post at the time. After attacking Sanford, the president backed Arrington.

Elsewhere on primary night, another Trump candidate picked up a major victory in Tuesday's Virginia Senate primary as Corey Stewart picked up the state's Republican nomination and will now take on the incumbent - former vice presidential nominee Sen.

Trump's popularity with Republican primary voters has been enough to drive other intra-GOP Trump antagonists, like Arizona Sen.

'She is tough on crime and will continue our fight to lower taxes. "He is better off in Argentina". If no candidate wins an outright majority, ballot-counters eliminate the candidate with the fewest first-choice votes and redistribute that person's support to the runners-up - and so on until one candidate comes out on top. Dimitri Cherny, as well as Democrats Joe Cunningham and Toby Smith, are also running.

The drama evaporated from both races after direct intervention from Trump and his political team to convince Cramer - who'd already publicly said he wouldn't run - to change his mind and launch a campaign in February. The president's tweet also calls Virginia's Democratic Sen. Mark Meadows, the chair of the Freedom Caucus and a Trump confidante, said in a statement: "Mark Sanford has been a valued member of the Freedom Caucus and certainly has been a thoughtful member of Congress".

Heller's state is Democrat-leaning and was narrowly won by Clinton in 2016, while Heitkamp's is dominated by Republicans and voted overwhelmingly for Trump.

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