Tuesday's results show the dangers of crossing Donald Trump

Leroy Wright
June 13, 2018

But Trump says Rep. Katie Arrington "was such a good candidate, and Sanford was so bad, I had to give it a shot".

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". Alabama GOP Rep. Martha Roby was forced into a runoff last week, taking less than 40 percent of the vote in her primary. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, she had 50.6 percent of the vote to Sanford's 46.5 percent. She has sought to brand Sanford, who labeled Trump's tariff policies as "an experiment with stupidity", as a NeverTrumper. On Capitol Hill, Sen. "He is better off in Argentina", the president said, hinting at an earlier episode from the congressman's time as SC governor. It's easy to believe that Trump influenced enough votes to provide that boost.

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., who clashes frequently with party leaders, responded to Trump's tweet with one of his own defending Sanford. "And unlike you, Mark has shown humility in his role and a desire to be a better man than he was the day before". Voters also approved this voting system for November's general election yesterday.

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. 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.

Giunchigliani, who goes by "Chris G", is a 63-year-old former state legislator and teacher. Dean Heller is considered the most vulnerable Republican senator running for reelection.

In North Dakota, GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer is a shoo-in to face moderate Democratic Sen. Earlier this year at the party convention, journalist Leslie Cockburn won the nomination in Virginia's 5th Congressional District.

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Incumbent Gov. Henry McMaster now leads Warren with 36 percent of the vote, to Warren's 32 percent.

In Comstock's district, Wexton was the best-known in the field, and was viewed as the Democratic Party's establishment choice.

Throughout his political career, Sanford has played up his outsider credentials - both in the US House, where he supported a box to check on federal tax returns to put $3 toward the national debt, and as governor, bringing a pair of squealing pigs to the state House and Senate chamber to protest what he called pork spending. Horsford won his primary Tuesday and Hardy was leading in early returns. Vying to defeat her in November are four Democrats who are facing off Tuesday - state Sen. This means that on the ballot, voters rank the candidates from their favorite to least favorite.

If no candidate wins a majority of the vote, the top two will head to a runoff on June 26 to decide the party's nominee.

The big race in ME in November will be for governor, where Democrats see an opportunity to flip a Republican seat held by outgoing Gov. Paul LePage.

Rematches: In 2014, Nevada politics watchers were shocked when Democratic congressman Steven Horsford, a rising political star, lost his outer Las Vegas area district to an unpolished newcomer, Republican Cresent Hardy. One is Sen Heidi Heitkamp's seat in North Dakota.

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