Republicans in South Carolina eventually forgave Mark Sanford after he deserted the state they elected him to govern to carry on a love affair in Argentina.

They would not forgive him, however, for deserting President Trump.

Sanford, who stunned the political world in 2013 by reclaiming his seat in Congress after his scandal-plagued stint as South Carolina’s governor, lost on Tuesday night in a Republican primary for his House seat.

Katie Arrington, a first-term conservative state representative, defeated Sanford by nearly four points in South Carolina’s first congressional district, narrowly clearing the 50 percent threshold she needed to avoid a runoff. It was Sanford’s first electoral defeat in his nearly 25-year political career. He is now, along with Representative Robert Pittenger of North Carolina, the second House Republican to lose a primary this year. Combined with Corey Stewart’s victory in the GOP Senate primary in Virginia, Sanford’s defeat was another signal of the tight grip Trump has on the modern Republican Party. Stewart had run as an unapologetic backer of the president and defender of the state’s Confederate monuments.

Arrington capitalized on Sanford’s tepid support for Trump and his willingness to call out the president when he saw fit. “It’s time for a conservative who will work with President Trump, not against him,” she said in her closing television ad. Arrington earned the most last-minute of endorsements from Trump, who tweeted in her favor at 4:12 p.m. ET on Tuesday—less than three hours before the polls closed.

“Mark Sanford has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign to MAGA. He is MIA and nothing but trouble. He is better off in Argentina,” the president said—a reference to the scandal that nearly led to Sanford’s impeachment as governor. “I fully endorse Katie Arrington for Congress in SC, a state I love. She …read more

Source:: The Atlantic – Politics


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