How Trump Sealed Mark Sanford's Political Fate With a Single Tweet

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That was not enough for Trump, who also mocked Sanford with a reference to a 2009 scandal when the then governor disappeared for days before surfacing to say he was "hiking the Appalachian Trail".

Sanford's defeat is a political victory for the president, showing his ability to convince a Republican base that worships him to follow his preferences in other races ― even when his endorsement arrives just three hours before the polls close. The second-term House member's district leans Republican, though Democrat Hillary Clinton received more votes there than Trump did in 2016.

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

Sanford had represented the Charleston district on and off for six terms, with eight years in the Governor's Mansion in between.

Sanford had frequently criticized the president, but former GOP congressman Reid Ribble (WI) noted that Sanford had still voted to support most of Trump's agenda in Congress.

The big race in ME in November will be for governor, where Democrats see an opportunity to flip a Republican seat held by outgoing Gov. Paul LePage.

Rematches: In 2014, Nevada politics watchers were shocked when Democratic congressman Steven Horsford, a rising political star, lost his outer Las Vegas area district to an unpolished newcomer, Republican Cresent Hardy. Voters will settle about 30 primary battles for state legislative seats. On Tuesday, Virginia GOP primary voters ended up nominating a former Trump official who has defended Confederate symbols, Corey Stewart, to challenge Kaine.

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That's in part due to Virginia's changing demographics, particularly the northern part of the state becoming more dense, more diverse and more progressive.

Martin Barry, an American party candidate who is seeking the position of governor, will appear on November's general election ballot. In Virginia, Republicans went with a candidate who was so over-the-top Trumpy that he wound up being fired from the president's campaign. Heidi Heitkamp. And Nevada Democrats picked Rep. Jacky Rosen as their nominee against Republican Sen.

SC is an open primary state, meaning you don't have to be a registered member of a party to vote in it's primary.

Representative Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, with his wife Kris and sons Abel and Beau, cheer after the party endorsed Cramer for the US Senate race against Democratic Sen.

In most states voting Tuesday night, the governor races will get the most local attention. Now, he and Greenville businessman John Warren will face off in a second contest on June 26. If he fails to top 50%, it would catapult him into a one-on-one runoff. The victor will face longtime state Rep. James Smith in November.

Of course, the gubernatorial primary is the race everyone will be talking about. Clark County Commissioners Steve Sisolak and Clark County Commissioner Christina Giunchigliani are the front-runners among Democrats.

Republican Attorney Gen. Adam Laxalt is expected to easily clear the GOP field. He faces a field of candidates that also includes state treasurer Dan Schwartz.




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