Republicans pick perennial candidate Danny Tarkanian in Nevada congressional race

Trump attacks Republican up for re-election with reference to affair

Republican Rep. Justin Amash, Sanford's fellow conservative and House Freedom Caucus member, fired back at Trump after his attack on Sanford.

Despite the effect that Trump may or may not have had on the race, Kondik also pointed out that Sanford, who garnered just 56 percent of the vote in the 2016 Republican primary in his district against a little-known challenger, was already a prime candidate to become one of the handful of members who fall victim to primary challengers each election cycle.

Virginia State Sen. Jennifer Wexton easily won a crowded primary for Virginia's 10th Congressional District.

Within minutes, the Arrington campaign was also blasting out a robocall touting Trump's endorsement and encouraging voters to "get out and vote, even in the rain".

"And so, I think it's important for all of us to stop and say, wait a minute, we have an institution set up by the Founding Fathers, where vigorous dissent, disagreement was part of what they set up".

With his late entry into the race, Trump let Sanford know that has not gone unnoticed.

During an interview Thursday with Rolling Stone's Andy Kroll, Sanford - 58, and also former governor of SC - apparently cried during the interview.

Sanford's criticism of Trump as unworthy and culturally intolerant made him a target of dedicated Trump supporters.

The retired educator predicts this will drive the final nail into the coffin of Sanford's political career in SC.

"Bless his heart, but it's time for Mark Sanford to take a hike - for real this time", Arrington said in the ad. The refers to 2009, when Sanford's aides said he was hiking the Appalachian Trail while he actually visited a woman with whom he was having an affair in Argentina.

With 65 percent reporting, first-term state Rep. Katie Arrington is on the verge of unseating a S.C. political fixture for the past 25 years.

Trump tweeted while polls were open on Tuesday that "Sanford has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign to (make America great again)".

Rep. Mark Meadows, a close ally of the President, is rarely short on words when talking to reporters, but on Wednesday he declined to weigh in on the President's last-minute involvement in Sanford's race or speculate on the congressman's defeat.

In a big Virginia race, Republican Corey Stewart - known for his ardent defense of Confederate symbolism - won the Republican primary to face Democratic Sen.

Trump was referencing Sanford's previous sex scandal when he tweeted of the congressman: "He is MIA and nothing but trouble".

Sanford called Trump's first tweet "interesting" and then said he had supported the Trump agenda when possible.

House Republicans otherwise were upbeat Wednesday after primary elections in several states as they met behind closed doors to discuss the coming midterms. She is tough on crime and will continue our fight to lower taxes. In races where candidates don't secure 50 percent of votes case, runoff elections of the top two vote-getters will be held June 26. Three Democrats seek their party's nomination.

In Maine, businessman Shawn Moody won the GOP gubernatorial primary with 56% of all votes, while State Attorney General Janet Mills took the Democratic primary after beating out six opponents.

"We're going to have a lot of fun between now and November, folks", Stewart told a raucous crowd at his victory party Tuesday evening.

"The race ultimately was reduced down to who was more Trump, versus not, and I lost that race", Sanford acknowledged.

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