Mark Sanford, Fromer SC Governor, Loses Seat in U.S. House

Pauline Gross
June 14, 2018

The incumbent, a frequent critic of the president, lost to state legislator Katie Arrington, who vowed to be more supportive of Trump if elected to the House in November.

"That's ultimately what the race devolved down to, which was, was I Trump enough?"

'I'm not looking for disagreement with the administration, ' Sanford told Politico.

"He's very down to earth, and he's likable", she said. Agreeing to disagree is "a sign of health in our political system".

The Republican also served two terms as the governor of SC.

With his late entry into the race, Trump let Sanford know that has not gone unnoticed. Trump is known to remember slights from lawmakers.

In the Second Congressional District, incumbent Republican Rep. Scott Taylor will face the victor of the Democratic primary between former U.S. Navy commander Elaine Luria and schoolteacher Karen Mallard. He said he might not certify the election results. Be a team player or Trump will support someone who will be.

Arrington has aired several TV commercials pointing out Sanford's criticism of the president. As voters were heading to the polls Tuesday, the president took a shot at the incumbent congressman.

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To be sure, the president's track record of picking winners and losers in elections is not flawless.

The South Carolina congressman's loss in Tuesday's primary was the most stunning outcome on a day that voters in Virginia, Maine, Nevada and North Dakota also went to the polls. On the Republican side, Tarkanian (who is now running for the House instead of the Senate) will face off against state Sen. Stewart will face Sen. Tim Kaine a "total stiff", saying he's "weak on crime and borders, and wants to raise your taxes through the roof".

Former House Speaker John Boehner said last month he no longer recognises his party. "There's a Trump Party". It's nearly certain to make other Republicans even more reluctant to take him on, even as Trump stirs divisions on trade, foreign policy and the Russian Federation investigation.

"Yes, of course it's his party", said Doug Heye, a former top House GOP leadership aide who is now a party strategist. "What they will not support is someone they view as going after the president personally", Heye said. But he was never a strong Trump fan. And she reminded them who she thinks leads them: "We are the party of President Donald J. Trump".

In more than two decades of politics and in spite of one of the great sex scandals in political history, Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) had never lost an election.

Elisabeth Boyle, a Greenville native and McMaster supporter, said she had backed McMaster's 2010 bid and felt he needed more time to accomplish the things he wanted to do for SC. "LOVE MITT ROMNEY!" Arrington wrote on Facebook in 2016. At one point, somebody asked about Article I powers: What will you do to protect them?

On Tuesday night, Sanford called Trump's decision to weigh in on the race "fairly unusual", but nevertheless remained steadfast that he is "neither for nor against Trump". 'But it comes to, you can not walk away from it if you're really listening to the people I spend so much time with here at home'. Start with niceties before bringing up the trouble spots, "as opposed to just coming out with smashmouth football".

Trump appears to have taken notice. "That means he's campaigning for you".

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