2018 primary election results tonight: Virginia, South Carolina, Maine, Nevada, North Dakota

Elias Hubbard
June 13, 2018

State Rep. Katie Arrington hugs supporters as she defeated Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) on Tuesday in a GOP primary.

Arrington spent her campaign calling Sanford a "Never Trumper". Candidates need more than 50 percent of the vote to avoid the head-to-head runoff. He says he plans a "vicious" general election campaign against Kaine, who battled Trump as Hillary Clinton's vice-presidential candidate and has a huge fundraising advantage.

"In response to the president's tweet, Michigan Rep. Justin Amash came to his colleague's defense, hitting back at Trump's remarks by replying, "@MarkSanford's job is to support and defend the Constitution. The onetime insurgent has made allegiance to his leadership a litmus test in many Republican races.

Trump launched a pointedly personal attack on Sanford just hours before polls closed. Sanford, who was married, fell in love with an Argentinian woman, Maria Belen Chapur, and went to visit her after telling his staff that he would be "hiking the Appalachian trail".

He also slammed Sanford as being 'better off in Argentina'.

"He is MIA and nothing but trouble", Trump tweeted, adding, "He is better off in Argentina".

Did Trump's endorsement swing the race to Arrington?

U.S. Rep. Tom Rice faces a Republican challenger along with Sanford. 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. Comstock is seen as one of the most vulnerable Republican members of Congress in November.

Sanford addressed Trump's tweet Tuesday night, saying it's "fairly unusual" for a president to weigh in as Trump did and saying he's "neither for nor against Trump", but instead bases his decisions and comments on his political values.

While it was not all good news for Democrats in Wisconsin on Tuesday - Ann Groves Lloyd, the Democrat running in the special election in Wisconsin State Assembly District 42, conceded to her Republican opponent - national Democratic operatives argue their showing in state legislative races shows voters are prepared to rebuke the President in November.

Over more than two decades, SC voters forgave U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford for his quirkiness, his infidelity and his lies.

In North Dakota, GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer is a shoo-in to face moderate Democratic Sen. The Republican Party may be Trump's party, but a number of Republicans aren't happy about it. One is Sen Heidi Heitkamp's seat in North Dakota. In Virginia, a Republican known for his ardent defence of Confederate symbolism, Corey Stewart, won the Republican primary to face Democratic Sen.

Giunchigliani, who goes by "Chris G", is a 63-year-old former state legislator and teacher. But if not, the lowest vote-getter is eliminated, with their votes reallocated until one contender gains a majority. ME also held the first governor's race in the nation under ranked-choice voting. Meanwhile, Sanford's defeat means Congress will lose an advocate for limited government and individual liberty at the end of the current term.

Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap said the election results would be binding anyway, the Portland Press Herald said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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