Trailing in the Republican congressional primary to an opponent supported in last-minute tweets by President Donald Trump, US Rep. Mark Sanford told supporters in SC on Tuesday night: "I'm going to lose this race".
In a tweet posted at 4:12 p.m., less than three hours after polls close, the president described Sanford as "very unhelpful" in Trump's campaign to "Make America Great Again". Her campaign is airing a television advertisement that refers to Sanford as a "Never Trumper" and features video clips of Sanford's Trump criticisms.
The Richland Republican finished first with a strong showing in Tuesday's primary but fell short of the 50-percent-plus one majority needed to clinch the GOP nomination outright.
With 16 percent of the vote in for South Carolina's 1st District, both incumbent Mark Sanford and challenger Katie Arrington remain almost tied, with the AP giving both candidates 48 percent. 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. The establishment Republican governor endorsed moderate-liberal Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman during the 2012 GOP presidential primaries, but his support for Trump has pushed him to the front of the pack with the state's conservative primary voters. Regardless of his own position vis-a-vis the president, however, Sanford noted that Trump's tweet "may cost me an election in this case but I stand by every one of those decisions to disagree with the president". But during the campaign, he ran ads saying how often he voted with the president.
He also slammed Sanford as being 'better off in Argentina'. "And unlike you, Mark has shown humility in his role and a desire to be a better man than he was the day before".
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After declaring victory Tuesday, Arrington asked Republicans to come together.
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