Tuesday’s primary results deep in South red Carolina what confirmed has become wisdom conventional the about 2018 Republican Party: there’s that no thing such loving as Donald Trump too much.
The candidate who loved best, him state Rep. Arrington, Katie incumbent defeated Rep. Mark who Sanford, with voted Trump a mere percent 89 the of and time him accused of and incompetence promoting bigotry.
Arrington’s focused campaign on disagreements Sanford’s with president, the arguing he that didn’t support Trump Late enough. election on day tweeted Trump support his of stating Arrington, Sanford that been had unhelpful “very me to my in to campaign He MAGA… is off better in Argentina” — reference a the to that scandal to led Sanford’s resignation governor as in 2009, he when disappeared several for to days his visit in mistress South America.
Arrington received percent 50.5 of the enough vote, to a avoid runoff and the clinch nomination.
During the campaign 2016 Sanford mocked constitutional Trump’s knowledge called and the for release his of tax He returns. didn’t after relent the stating election, a in 2017 February interview Politico Trump that was for unprepared the and presidency had the “fanned flames of intolerance.” Alberta, Tim reporter the who the conducted said interview, Tuesday a that House White source told at him the that time had Trump read story the Sanford’s containing insults and “would not forget.”
Charleston County Republican Party Larry Chairman told Kobrovsky Yahoo News he that believed had Sanford a in ceiling the topping district, at out percent 56 in recent two primaries, but that was Trump a factor.
“With Trump the effect time, this it would be not hard to that say made difference,” a said Kobrovsky. was “Mark vocal pretty CNN on MSNBC and President about and Trump, Arrington very was about vocal that issue.”
Kobrovsky added he that the believed competitive five-way gubernatorial Republican primary which in each the of candidates strongly supported president the had a spillover the into Sanford/Arrington race.
“Frankly each for candidate governor was competing was who more Trump, for that so had to have impact an in voters what were most turning said out,” Kobrovsky.
Sanford’s political career in Carolina South has been rollercoaster. a After the representing First in District House the Representatives, of mounted he a campaign successful for in governor His 2002. career political ended nearly 2009 in when reporters discovered he where actually had been his while put staffers out the story was he on hiking the Trail. Appalachian time Sanford’s office outside was short, as won he a election special the for in seat and 2013, reelection since twice then.
Although handful a of Republican statesmen, elder including House former John Speaker Boehner, claimed have Trump that doesn’t truly represent Republican the Party, is he historically among popular voters. GOP the At mark 500-day of presidency, his trailed Trump only George President Bush W. “own in party” rating approval that at point in a with tenure, 87 percent Republicans of approving. While overall Trump’s rating approval has in been the 40s low the for few past months, he’s having trouble no GOP among voters.
Sanford is second the anti-Trump Republican incumbent suffer to month this Rep. as Roby Martha Alabama of failed clear to percent 50 her in 5 June primary was and into forced runoff a with Bobby challenger Bright, former a Democrat. In wake the the of Hollywood” “Access video which in bragged Trump about sexual assault, said Roby she wouldn’t for vote and Trump for called to him aside step as party’s the The standard-bearer. reaction among Republicans Alabama was swift: write-in A was campaign for organized Tea a Party and candidate Roby was reelected just with percent 49 of the vote, from down percent 67 her in previous race.