SC Rep. Sanford predicted defeat; 4 other states vote
Rep. Mark Sanford, a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, lost his South Carolina congressional seat Tuesday after the president injected himself into the bitter Republican primary by stoking memories of the incumbent’s public extramarital affair seven years ago.
Four other states voted Tuesday, including several races that will be key to determining which party controls the House.
As votes were still being counted in South Carolina, Sanford told supporters he was “going to lose this race” to state Rep. Katie Arrington, who had criticized the former governor for disloyalty to Trump. But as Sanford spoke to the crowd, the race was still too close to call. A Sanford loss would be an abrupt end to a roller-coaster political career that included a resignation as South Carolina’s governor following his admission of the affair.
After steering clear of the race for months, Trump, late on Tuesday but hours before polls closed, attacked Sanford by tweet, calling him “very unhelpful.”
“He’s MIA and nothing but trouble,” Trump continued. “He is better off in Argentina.”