Primary Results: Trump’s Hold on the GOP Is Showing

Lester Mason
June 13, 2018

Early results in South Carolina's 1st congressional district shows U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, R-Charleston, trailing with 47 percent of the vote, versus 48 percent for state Rep. Katie Arrington, R-Dorchester.

"I fully endorse Katie Arrington for Congress in SC, a state I love".

Before the final results were even tallied, Sanford told supporters, "I've always been a realist and at this point, based on the numbers I see, I think that I will end up losing this election". But Arrington made an issue of his criticism of the president, calling him a "Never Trumper".

Nevada voters were deciding a competitive Democratic primary race for governor Tuesday, a contest that became the state's most closely watched after President Trump helped clear a path to the GOP nomination for vulnerable Sen.

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". She has sought to brand Sanford, who labeled Trump's tariff policies as "an experiment with stupidity", as a NeverTrumper. One of her ads said "it's time for Mark Sanford to take a hike - for real this time".

"I am grateful for the President's support", Arrington said. "I look forward to working together with him to drain the swamp and continue making America great again".

The upset of Sanford, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, was the latest sign of Trump's firm grip on the Republican Party.


Senate Republicans' hopes in Virginia: Sen. But he has accused the president of contributing to the coarsening of the national political discourse, and that turned the primary into a test of whether loyalty to Trump is more important to Republican voters than a lawmaker's record.

A second incumbent Republican congressman has lost his seat in a primary featuring intense divisions among the GOP in the Trump era.

Corey Stewart, the bombastic conservative who built his public image on championing the Confederate flag and monuments like Charlottesville's Robert E. Lee statue and has appeared with white nationalists, won the Republican Senate nomination. Former Rep. Cresent Hardy is the Republican frontrunner in a six-person race, while former Rep. Steven Horsford is expect to win the Democratic nomination after incumbent Ruben Kihuen announced he wouldn't seek reelection in response to sexual misconduct allegations.

In the state's Second Congressional District, which includes the Hampton Roads region, Democrat Elaine Luria was the declared victor over rival Karen Mallard with 95 percent of the vote tallied. Heidi Heitkamp. And Nevada Democrats picked Rep. Jacky Rosen as their nominee against Republican Sen.

The president congratulated last week for the Republican Party's showing in Tuesday's California primaries. Pete Domenici and Michelle Laxalt, the daughter of former Nevada governor and senator Paul Laxalt, CNN projects.

With 8 percent reporting according to the Associated Press, McMaster has 44 percent of the vote, but would still face a runoff against John Warren, who has 27 percent. Dean Heller. And in North Dakota, Republicans will pick Rep. Kevin Cramer to challenge Democratic Sen.

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