South Carolina Midterm Primary Results

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

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

While Sanford's defiance of Trump cost him, Virginia congresswoman Barbara Comstock handily won her primary against a more conservative candidate who accused her of being a "Never Trumper".

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster will have a runoff against business executive John Warren, even though McMaster was one of the few Republican leaders in South Carolina who supported Trump's presidential bid. Last week Alabama GOP Rep. Martha Roby was forced into a runoff election after a primary contest that centered on her decision not to vote for President Trump following the October 2016 publication of his vulgar comments during a filming of "Access Hollywood".

Sanford was elected to his current spot in 2013 after serving as the state's governor from 2003 to 2011.

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

"I am extremely disappointed that a candidate like Corey Stewart could win the Republican nomination for US Senate", former Virginia Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling tweeted. Tim Kaine in the fall.

Female candidates: By now, a trend is firmly established.

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.

State Rep. James Smith was projected- with 99% of the precincts reporting- to win the Democratic Party's nomination for governor in a landslide, with 62%.

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Jon Heilemann agreed that Trump's "cult of personality" has become the dominant motivator of the Republican base, and he also concluded that Sanford's defeat shows why GOPers can't speak against Trump for fear of losing their jobs. "He is better off in Argentina", the president said, hinting at an earlier episode from the congressman's time as SC governor.

By contrast, Trump said that Sanford "has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign to [Make America Great Again]". The president took note of his last-minute intervention in the race.

Then he delivered a scathing rebuke of Sanford's personal life, writing: "He is better off in Argentina". But I'm guessing that the endorsement put Arrington over the top. The president made reference to a scandal that engulfed Sanford in 2009.

Trump weighed in himself less than three hours before the polls closed Tuesday. "He is better off in Argentina".

'She is tough on crime and will continue our fight to lower taxes.

"I'm a Republican. I think our party is so fractionalized that we need to come back together", she said in an interview in North Charleston in October.

Sanford's loss writes another freakish chapter in a political career full of controversy and distraction.

"Bless his heart", Arrington said in a recent TV spot filmed on a woodsy trail.

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Sanford's seat is likely to remain in Republican hands no matter the victor of Tuesday's primary.

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. Attorney General Adam Laxalt defeated a fellow beneficiary of the 2014 Republican wave, state Treasurer Dan Schwartz, for their party's nomination.

Sanford previously represented the coastal district from 1995 to 2001. He led the GOP primary with half the vote tallied.

The victor of the Democratic race is expected to face Republican state Attorney General Adam Laxalt in November. He will not appear on Tuesday's primary ballot since he is the only Republican candidate running for the position.

Nevada and North Dakota are home to two of the most pivotal Senate races this year.

Heller's state is Democrat-leaning and was narrowly won by Clinton in 2016, while Heitkamp's is dominated by Republicans and voted overwhelmingly for Trump.

"So she won 'cause it's just about gender?" Control of the Senate, now held 51-49 by Republicans, could turn on how they fare in the elections less than five months away.

Templeton remains in third with 21 percent.

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