As Morning Joe talked about Congressman Mark Sanford's defeat last night in the SC primaries, Joe Scarborough called it the latest sign that the Republican Party has become completely subservient to President Donald Trump.
Arrington vanquished the 58-year-old career politician by running a textbook contrast campaign - resulting in a stunning upset punctuated by a last-second endorsement from USA president Donald Trump. She has sought to brand Sanford, who labeled Trump's tariff policies as "an experiment with stupidity", as a NeverTrumper. "Bless his heart - but it's time for Mark Sanford to take a hike - for real this time".
Congressman Mark Sanford is best remembered nationally for a highly public extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina several years ago.
President Trump: It's overly simplistic to say that South Carolina GOP congressman Mark Sanford lost his primary Tuesday because of Trump.
Tuesday afternoon, the President endorsed her bid for Congress in a Tweet criticizing Sanford.
In an 11th-hour primary day intervention, Trump struck back on Twitter, calling Sanford "nothing but trouble" and "very unhelpful" for advancing the Trump agenda.More news: Justify wins US Triple Crown
The South Carolina race highlighted primary voting in five states on Tuesday. He had originally held the position from 1995 to 2001, winning again in 2013.
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.
"In South Carolina, it's very unusual for an incumbent to lose a seat".
On the Democratic side, one-term Rep. Jacky Rosen was projected as the victor over five long-shot candidates. There is no Democratic primary for this race.
"I am extremely disappointed that a candidate like Corey Stewart could win the Republican nomination for US Senate", former Virginia Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling tweeted.
In the state's Second Congressional District, which includes the Hampton Roads region, Democrat Elaine Luria was the declared victor over rival Karen Mallard with 95 percent of the vote tallied.More news: The United States, Mexico And Canada Will Host The 2026 World Cup
He was the top aide to Trump's presidential campaign in Virginia in 2016, but was sacked for staging an unauthorized protest of the Republican National Committee.
First they must settle a seven-way primary field led by Attorney General Janet Mills and former state House Speaker Mark Eves.
I got a chance to speak to South Carolina's Political Director of Young Republicans, who told me, 18 to 40-year-olds really showed up to vote despite low turnout overall. Heidi Heitkamp, at the 2018 North Dakota Republican Party Convention in Grand Forks, North Dakota, April 7, 2018.
Arrington ran with the backing of North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey, an early Trump supporter in the district.
Also on Tuesday, voters nominated challengers to two of this year's most vulnerable Senate incumbents. Rep. Kevin Cramer is expected to take home the Republican nomination Tuesday night. Luria, a Navy veteran and businesswoman, was her party's pick in the contest for the seat held by Republican Representative Scott Taylor, who's a former Navy SEAL.More news: White House seeks to block Congress from killing ZTE deal