Trump targets this SC candidate with a primary day tweet

Pauline Gross
June 13, 2018

President Donald Trump is weighing in at the 11th hour on a key Congressional primary in SC - and he's doing it in a pretty shocking way. He will be a great Governor.

Sanford, a member of the hard right House Freedom Caucus, has always been one of the few congressional Republicans willing to openly break with Trump.

Just six of the nation's governors are women, and candidates in three states voting on Tuesday are hoping to position themselves to join their ranks.

Two other congressional races in Virginia will also be closely watched.

"There's the potential absolutely of Nevada turning blue this year, if they can get the turnout", said David Damore, a political-science professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

'Bless his heart, but it's time for Mark Sanford to take a hike - for real this time, ' Arrington says in one TV ad.

Belangia is referring to the historic number running in Greenville and Spartanburg's House District 4: 13 republicans and five democrats. Still, she'll face a hard general election against Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., the likely GOP Senate nominee.

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Similarly, incumbent Rep. Dave Brat, a prominent member of the House Freedom Caucus, will have to face one of two Democrats - either Abigail Spanberger and Dan Ward - in the 7th congressional district outside Richmond. Now Trump is returning the favor with a last-minute endorsement of his primary rival, which brings up Sanford's infamous affair. But Tarkanian announced in March that he would run for a House seat after Trump urged him on Twitter not to take on Heller. State Attorney General Adam Laxalt is widely expected to coast to victory in the Republican primary, but Democrats have seen a fierce battle between two former Clark County commissioners, Christina Giunchigliani and Steve Sisolak.

Democrats have already nominated Leslie Cockburn at a party convention in the fifth district, which leans Republican but is losing incumbent GOP Representative Tom Garrett, who cited a drinking problem in his decision not to run again.

President Trump tweeted his endorsement of Katie Arrington roughly three hours before polls closed in SC.

In the 6th District, voters are deciding the Democratic nominee to face off with GOP nominee Ben Cline. If he fails to top 50%, it would catapult him into a one-on-one runoff.

Small business owner and former chief of staff on Capitol Hill Lindsey Davis Stover said her struggle to pay off student debts gives her important perspective.

Julia Biggins, an infectious disease scientist running in the primary, also said she would wait to review the results of the Mueller investigation before deciding how to vote on potentially impeaching the president. Luria will face off against the slightly more liberal Karen Mallard, a school teacher who supports universal health care and who is a strong critic of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Scott Hammond and former reporter Michelle Mortensen.

Heitkamp, a former state attorney general, is popular in North Dakota.

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