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Title: Mark Sanford concedes to Katie Arrington in SC District 1 race, losing his first election
Source: Post and Courier
URL Source: https://www.postandcourier.com/poli ... c8-11e8-baa2-9fcd285d9c08.html
Published: Jun 13, 2018
Author: Caitlin Byrd
Post Date: 2018-06-13 03:02:02 by hondo68
Keywords: None
Views: 510
Comments: 11


"Like I said in the beginning it isn't a me, it is a we moment." Katie Arrington said as she defeated U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel for Katie Arrington's results party on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in North Charleston.Andrew Whitaker/Staff

In a monumental upset fueled by a Donald Trump tweet, U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford lost his Republican primary to Katie Arrington, a one-term state lawmaker who made loyalty to the president the centerpiece of her campaign.

The defeat, which carries national implications, marks the first time Sanford has lost an election, which began with his first congressional bid in this very district in 1994.

President Trump — making a move unprecedented in South Carolina history — in a late afternoon tweet asked state voters to replace Sanford with Arrington, going so far as to say Sanford is "better off in Argentina," a reference to his adulterous affair when he was governor in 2009.

The message was delivered less than three hours before the polls closed, illustrating Trump's willingness to take out one of the few Republican congressmen in recent months willing to call out the president for his sometimes crude behavior.

Arrington, a Summerville Republican, led by 3,000 votes with 80 percent of the vote in. Dimitri Cherny, the third candidate on the Republican ballot, pulled in about 3 percent despite running as a Democrat in previous elections. The final results will be certified later this week.

Arrington will face Democrat Joe Cunningham in the Nov. 6 general election. Cunningham, a 35-year-old construction attorney, handily defeated Democrat Toby Smith.

"We are the party of Donald J. Trump... and now, congresswoman Katie Arrington," she said at her victory party across town in North Charleston at the Doubletree Hotel, where the crowd chanted her name in unison.

The dynamics Sanford faced Tuesday in the GOP contest mirrors the one-man political litmus test many Republicans face in midterms nationwide: Do they support — and will they support — the president?

Sanford addressed that ideological challenge head-on in his concession speech in Mount Pleasant.

"A lot of people have come up to me in the course of this campaign and asked me, 'Are you for or against Trump?' And I'd say, 'I'm neither for nor against Trump. I'm for ideas that I've long stood for in my entirety of my time in office,'" he said.

Glancing down occasionally at his handwritten speech, Sanford accepted it was his Trump stances that did him in, but said he would not have changed how he conducted himself.

"It may have cost me an election, but I stand by every one of those decisions to disagree with the president because I didn't think they would be concurrent with the promises I made when I first ran for office and for the very voices of the people of the 1st District that I represent."

The loss also parallels the defeat of Republican Bob Inglis in his 2010 conservative Upstate congressional primary at the hands of another political wildcard, the tea party movement.

Sanford's trepidation showed throughout the day Tuesday. He drove himself around the district, making his final pitch to voters in his run for a third term in his second stint in Washington. He served three terms in Congress in the 1990s.

"Whatever I've believed has always been what I really believed. It's not the flavor of the month or poll-tested," Sanford said, gripping the wheel of his black Chevy Suburban during his nearly 77-mile round-trip throughout the district on Election Day.

Trump's tweet, delivered after his return from his Singapore and a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, additionally called Sanford "nothing but trouble."

"Mark Sanford has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign to MAGA. He is MIA and nothing but trouble. He is better off in Argentina. I fully endorse Katie Arrington for Congress in SC, a state I love. She is tough on crime and will continue our fight to lower taxes. VOTE Katie!" he said.

Sanford admitted the tweet proved troublesome for him, a conservative trying to navigate an administration that demands all-or-nothing loyalty.

"It's fairly unusual for a president to tweet in a congressional race. I don't know the last time it's happened in a Republican primary but it happened today," he said.

Arrington, meanwhile, looked forward to her odds in a GOP-leaning district and emerging as a congressional candidate with only two years of experience in the S.C. Statehouse.

“It’s amazing, but it really is about people wanting representation and getting a citizen legislature out there," she said. "It’s a phenomenal feeling.”

Sanford said he did not plan to stick around the Lowcountry in the days following the primary. He has a Wednesday morning flight to Washington to make sure he's back for a House vote, even knowing his days in office are numbered.


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Sanford is the 7th highest rated conservative in congress, and a member of the Freedom Caucus & Liberty Caucus.

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#1. To: hondo68 (#0)

As with Jeff Flake, this could come back to bite Trump in 2020, either in the form of a primary challenger (not a real problem) or as a third-party opponent in the general election (a bigger problem).

Bill Kristol is still desperately trying to find someone to run against Trump in 2020 to make him lose.

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-06-13   7:54:55 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Tooconservative (#1)

Bill Kristol is still desperately trying to find someone to run against Trump in 2020 to make him lose.

Bill Kristol should worry more about a repeal of the 22nd amendment, given the way things are going with Trump.

misterwhite  posted on  2018-06-13   7:58:35 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: hondo68 (#0)

Sanford is the 7th highest rated conservative in congress,...

By whom,Republican pod people with a globalist agenda?

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2018-06-13   9:28:41 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Tooconservative (#1)

Bill Kristol is still desperately trying to find someone to run against Trump in 2020 to make him lose.

That right there should be all that is needed to convince actual Americans to vote for Trump in 2020.

Kristol is a turd floating in the swimming pool.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2018-06-13   9:30:22 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: hondo68 (#0)

"Whatever I've believed has always been what I really believed. It's not the flavor of the month or poll-tested,"

Well, Mark, you know, I am exactly the same way. Trouble is, what you really believe is contrary to what I really want. And what Donald Trump says - and does - is a whole lot closer to what I really want than what you believe.

Apparently the voters in your district are like me. They want what Trump believes, not what you believe. So you're out and a woman who supports what Trump believes is in. That all makes perfect sense, and I'm glad you understand it.

So, have a nice retirement, Mark.

Vicomte13  posted on  2018-06-13   10:36:04 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Tooconservative (#1)

As with Jeff Flake, this could come back to bite Trump in 2020, either in the form of a primary challenger (not a real problem) or as a third-party opponent in the general election (a bigger problem).

Desperate is the word.

We Trumpanzees have taken over the party. We are in the catbird seat. We have the power. So, now it's time for those who used to have the power to go to the back of the room and get in line behind the new leaders.

Vicomte13  posted on  2018-06-13   10:38:42 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Vicomte13 (#6)

We Trumpanzees have taken over the party. We are in the catbird seat. We have the power. So, now it's time for those who used to have the power to go to the back of the room and get in line behind the new leaders.

They'd rather conspire with the Dems to defeat Trump.

Those neocons never give up. I see reports that Kristol is himself flying out to Iowa regularly to appear at political events, trying to drum up support for any candidate not named Trump. Apparently, he was disappointed with Evan McMullen in 2016 (aka the Mormon Egg McMuffin to his detractors) and he wants a new candidate who has run a campaign before.

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-06-13   11:13:54 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: Tooconservative, Vicomte13, Cheney Trump Neocon Revival (#7)

neocons never give up

You Deep State Cheney/Trump shills are headed for a fall.

Neocon Revival 2014 - The Alliance for A Strong America, Dick & Liz Cheney

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hondo68  posted on  2018-06-13   11:51:35 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: hondo68 (#8)

You Deep State Cheney/Trump shills are headed for a fall.

Yeah, right, Ron Paul will come roaring out of retirement and really give those dagnabbed Cheneys what-for.

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-06-13   12:16:46 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: Tooconservative (#7)

They'd rather conspire with the Dems to defeat Trump.

The can conspire with the Dems, and lose to Trump anyway, and then Trump can systematically purge them from the party and replace them with people like me.

Vicomte13  posted on  2018-06-13   12:33:51 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: Vicomte13 (#10)

The can conspire with the Dems, and lose to Trump anyway, and then Trump can systematically purge them from the party and replace them with people like me.

Trump didn't jump in all that heavily though. One little tweet at the last minute. He did weigh in on a primary and there is some risk there. People can start to get mad that D.C. is reaching out to impose a choice. We saw this happen with the Bush bunch. Like moving in to save Lincoln Chafee (who became a Dem after getting lots of money from Dumbya and then losing anyway). Or supporting Snarlin' Arlen Specter (who also became a Dem).

OTOH, I don't think this hurts Trump. Overall. I think he won't do much of this because it does have more potential to being negative for him and the voters may not listen anyway like the Alabama Senate race. He endorsed Strange who lost to idiot Judge Moore who then lost to that Dem when some moderate GOP voters just wouldn't vote for Moore.

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-06-13   23:39:23 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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