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Republican critic of Trump loses in South Carolina primary

Republican critic of Trump loses in South Carolina primary

He backed Sanford's pro-Trump challenger, state legislator Katie Arrington, for November's congressional elections.

Before the final results were even tallied, Sanford told supporters, "I've always been a realist and at this point, based on the numbers I see, I think that I will end up losing this election".

Arrington, who made a campaign issue of Sanford's criticism of Trump, won 50.6 percent of the vote to Sanford's 46.5 percent with nearly all ballots counted.

That was a reference to Sanford's surprise disappearance from the state as governor, which he later revealed was to continue his affair with an Argentine woman.

Sanford had been critical of Trump at times, saying he "fanned the flames" of intolerance and decrying his disregard for facts.

Hours before polls closed, President Donald Trump posted on his official Twitter account that Sanford was very unhelpful to him and was better off in Argentina.

"He is MIA and nothing but trouble", Trump tweeted.

For her part, Arrington put out a campaign ad against Sanford during the campaign that said, "it's time for Mark Sanford to take a hike - for real this time". In his remarks Tuesday night, he said: "I stand by every one of those decisions to disagree with the president". Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.) was forced into a runoff after abandoning Trump almost two years ago during the election.

Senate Republicans' hopes in Virginia: Sen. In Virginia, Republicans went with a candidate who was so over-the-top Trumpy that he wound up being fired from the president's campaign. Local, state and national Democrats have called on him to drop out of the race in the deep-red district and say they won't support him if he wins. The second-term House member's district leans Republican, though Democrat Hillary Clinton received more votes there than Trump did in 2016.

Sanford has been an outspoken critic of Trump.

Corey Stewart, the bombastic conservative who built his public image on championing Confederate symbols, will win the Republican Senate nomination in Virginia, CNN projects. Tuesday demonstrated yet again just how strong the anti-incumbency mood is among Republican primary voters.

Democrats have a credible, well-funded candidate seeking this seat - Charleston, S.C. environmental attorney Joe Cunningham.

'Great night for Republicans!' tweeted Trump. Democrats in Nevada chose Representative Jacky Rosen, a first-term lawmaker and member of the centrist Problem Solvers Caucus, to challenge GOP Senator Dean Heller. In the 4th District, vacated by retiring Rep. Ruben Kihuen, two former congressmen - Democrat Steven Horsford and Republican Cresent Hardy - are the favorites.

Meanwhile, the state's Governor, Henry McMaster, will face-off against fellow Republican John Warren in a special runoff election later this month, after McMaster failed to secure more than half of the majority vote. 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.

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