Trump critic falls, 5 other things from Tuesday's primaries

Runoff for SC GOP gubernatorial race; Rep. Smith wins Dem primary

But he failed to win the 50 percent necessary to avoid a runoff.

Still, another Trump supporter who had the president's endorsement, incumbent South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, was forced into a runoff with John Warren, the founder and chief executive officer of Lima One Capital, a mortgage finance company, in a five-way Republican primary.

In Virginia, two women will compete for a suburban Washington congressional district seen as key to Democrats' hopes of retaking the House majority in November.

The race was perhaps the most closely watched matchup in Tuesday's slate of primaries, which includes Virginia, Nevada and North Dakota choosing their Senate candidates and ME for the first time trying - and voting on whether to keep - a new voting system in which voters rank their preferences, rather than only selecting one. Together, they raise to 21 the number of states having held their 2018 primary elections so far. Sanford endorsed Ted Cruz (R-TX) during the 2016 presidential primary.

Gov. Henry McMaster, who was sworn in as governor past year after Nikki Haley left for the United Nations at the behest of President Trump, will defend his seat against Mt.

First-term state Rep. Katie Arrington (R-Dorchester) defeated Sanford, earning more than 51 percent of the vote to Sanford's 46 percent.

During her campaign, Arrington vowed to support President Donald Trump's political agenda.

Just hours before the polls closed in South Carolina, Trump tweeted, "Mark Sanford has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign to MAGA".

Runoff for SC GOP gubernatorial race; Rep. Smith wins Dem primary
GOP Governor race goes to runoff between incumbent McMaster, political newcomer Warren

"He's MIA and nothing but trouble", Trump continued. It was helping her gain traction even before Trump sent that tweet.

President Trump's reference to Argentina was a dig at Sanford's 2009 affair scandal during the time he was governor of SC, when he disappeared for several days on a secret trip to Buenos Aires to visit his mistress.

Sanford's marriage ended but his political career didn't. Meanwhile, Trump - who was captured on a 2005 tape bragging about groping women - has also been accused of sexually inappropriate advances by women, all of which he has denied. In Virginia, women won Democratic primaries in four out of four congressional districts that could be competitive this November.

Comstock, a moderate Republican who easily beat back a challenge from conservative Shak Hill, is one of the Democrats' top targets in November.

Heller, the only GOP senator seeking re-election in a state won by Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016, was originally expected to face a tough challenge from Republican Danny Tarkanian until Mr. Trump asked him to run for Congress instead.

She said she fully supported Trump once he had the nomination. There is no Democratic primary for this race.

Republicans expressed concern on Tuesday that Stewart's nomination will hurt GOP candidates down 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.

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