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.”

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