Mark Sanford Loses Nomination Bid
His criticism of President Trump appears to have been a key reason.
Over more than two decades, South Carolina voters forgave U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford for his quirkiness, his infidelity and his lies. But they could not forgive him for his criticism of President Donald Trump.
Sanford lost his first election ever Tuesday, beaten for the Republican nomination for another term in the coastal 1st District around Charleston by state Rep. Katie Arrington.
Sanford survived that public confession to the affair to win two more terms to the U.S. House. But Arrington made an issue of his criticism of the president, calling him a “Never Trumper.”
One of her ads got personal too, saying “it’s time for Mark Sanford to take a hike — for real this time.”
After declaring victory Tuesday, Arrington asked Republicans to come together. And she reminded them who she thinks leads them: “We are the party of President Donald J. Trump.”
This is not, by the way, surprising. Trump, as president, is the leader of the Republican Party and GOP candidates run a risk, in a partisan primary, to go against the leader.
I partially note this because it reminded me of attempts last year by some analysts to pretend like this was not the case, such as I discussed in this post from September 2017: Trump is the Leader of the GOP, not an “Independent”.