Trump's `cultlike' grip on party keeps most members in line

Thursday, 14 Jun, 2018

While none of South Carolina's House seats are expected to be competitive in November, incumbent Rep. Mark Sanford is facing a hard Republican primary on Tuesday against state Rep. Katie Arrington.

With 98% of the vote counted, USA media called the race for state representative Katie Arrington, who led Sanford by 50.5% to 46.5%. He backed Sanford's pro-Trump challenger, state legislator Katie Arrington, for November's congressional elections.

President Trump's reference to Argentina was a dig at Sanford's 2009 affair scandal during the time he was governor of SC, when he disappeared for several days on a secret trip to Buenos Aires to visit his mistress.

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. Roby said two years ago that Trump's 2005 lewd comments about women, captured on an "Access Hollywood" microphone, made him "unacceptable as a candidate for president". And she reminded them who she thinks leads them: "We are the party of President Donald J. Trump".

That's the number of "Republican" voters who showed up for the 2010 runoff election between former S.C. governor Nikki Haley and ex-congressman Gresham Barrett.

His loss to Katie Arrington, Sanford told me on Wednesday morning, will send a strong message to other Republicans about the consequences of calling out Trump for his apostasies on the things conservatives claim to hold dear - from fiscal responsibility to free trade. "The playing field of ideas that many of us came into in the class of '94.it's devolved to: are you for or against the President, are you for or against Trump?"

In 2013, he won a special U.S. House election in South Carolina's 1st District, which he previously represented for six years.

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He told reporters on Air Force One he trusts Kim, even though he on Tuesday left open the possibility that he had misread his North Korean counterpart. GOP Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, the group's founding chairman, also expressed his support for Sanford, saying, "I hope he wins". She said in 2016 she couldn't support Trump for president after tape emerged of him boasting in 2005 about groping women's genitals.

It is fitting, perhaps, that the Republican Party's turn towards Trump's economic nationalism has coincided with Johnson departing the party to become a Libertarian and Sanford being tossed from its ranks. In his remarks Tuesday night, he said: "I stand by every one of those decisions to disagree with the president".

'She is tough on crime and will continue our fight to lower taxes.

The race is perhaps the most closely watched matchup in Tuesday's slate of primaries, which also include Virginia selecting a Republican to take on Democratic Sen. He says candidates realized this time around they needed to look outside of the major cities to secure those votes.

State and national Republicans admitted there's virtually no chance Stewart will defeat Democratic Sen. Smith also owes South Carolinians answers following reports that he potentially engaged in prohibited activity by running illegal schemes with taxpayer dollars.

Comstock, a moderate Republican who easily beat back a challenge from conservative Shak Hill, is one of the Democrats' top targets in November. Democrat Hillary Clinton carried it over Trump by 10 percentage points in the 2016 presidential election.