#SC1: Katie Arrington Vanquishes Mark Sanford

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First-term state Rep. Katie Arrington (R-Dorchester) defeated Sanford, earning more than 51 percent of the vote to Sanford's 46 percent.

Last week in Alabama, GOP Rep. Martha Roby - who had called on Trump to exit the 2016 race after the "Access Hollywood" tape became public - was held under 50% in her primary and forced into a runoff. With just hours to go before the polls closed when Trump sent the tweet, it's unlikely his message was the deciding factor - but it served as a notable warning for members of Congress who defy him. Then the SC governor, Sanford disappeared from the state and later admitted he was with an Argentinian woman with whom he was having an extramarital affair.

In defense of his stance on Trump, Sanford has said he criticizes anyone regardless of party if they deserve it.

"He's MIA and nothing but trouble", Trump continued.

In broadcast remarks to supporters on Tuesday night, Arrington said, "We are the party of President Donald J. Trump".

"I think it's entirely appropriate to say "I agree" when I agree and "I disagree" when I disagree", Sanford told Politico's Alex Isenstadt. "I look forward to working together with him to drain the swamp and continue making America great again".

Trump tweets Wednesday that his advisers didn't want him to get involved in the Republican primary, thinking Rep. Mark Sanford "would easily win".

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Sanford, an outspoken Trump critic, is facing a tight race against State Rep. Katie Arrington, a relative newcomer to politics.

Senate Republicans' hopes in Virginia: Sen. Republican incumbent Rep. Bruce Poliquin will attempt to defend his seat against the victor of a three-person Democratic primary featuring state Rep. Jared Golden, bookseller Craig Olson and nonprofit director Lucas St. Clair. The second-term House member's district leans Republican, though Democrat Hillary Clinton received more votes there than Trump did in 2016.

Did Trump's endorsement swing the race to Arrington? Former Rep. Cresent Hardy is the Republican frontrunner in a six-person race, while former Rep. Steven Horsford is expect to win the Democratic nomination after incumbent Ruben Kihuen announced he wouldn't seek reelection in response to sexual misconduct allegations.

In the Seventh Congressional District, incumbent Republican Rep. Dave Brat will face off against the victor of a Democratic primary between former Central Intelligence Agency operative Abigail Spanberger and retired Col. Dan Ward.

And in the 3rd District, philanthropist Susie Lee won the Democratic primary, CNN projects, while Republicans could choose Danny Tarkanian, the son of the legendary UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, who dropped his Senate bid at the urging of Trump. Heidi Heitkamp. And Nevada Democrats picked Rep. Jacky Rosen as their nominee against Republican Sen. There are primaries Tuesday night in three of those seats. In the years after Ron Paul's 2008 dark horse presidential run, he and then-governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson (along with, of course, Rand Paul) were often identified as the heirs apparent to the libertarian wing of the GOP. "Primary voters in the Republican Party have devolved into a Trumpist cult".

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