Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Previous GOP House Rep Loses Primary After Attack By Trump

Previous GOP House Rep Loses Primary After Attack By Trump

But Arrington made an issue of his criticism of the president, calling him a "Never Trumper". Democratic women came out on top in two other Virginia congressional races that the party is closely watching. "Adam is smart, works hard, and knows how to win".

Sanford's defeat also ends, at least for now, the political saga of a former governor who overcame personal scandal to reclaim a House seat he had given up years before.

In Democratic primaries - particularly three key House races in Virginia - the theme of this spring's primaries continued: Female candidates are winning at unprecedented rates and often by large margins.

Attorney General Alan Wilson will face two Republican challengers: William Herlong and Todd Atwater.

In Virginia's 2nd Congressional District, Democrat and veteran Elaine Luria will face incumbent Republican Rep. Scott Taylor, also a veteran.

SC is an open primary state, meaning voters do not need to register with a political party to vote in that party's primary election. Local, state and national Democrats have called on him to drop out of the race in the deep-red district and said they wouldn't support him if he won.

In Nevada, the parties will choose their nominees in two competitive open seats.

The two primaries were sleepy Tuesday, but will be among the nation's most important battlegrounds in November. On Tuesday, Virginia GOP primary voters ended up nominating a former Trump official who has defended Confederate symbols, Corey Stewart, to challenge Kaine. None of the three Senate candidates appears to match that region. But he has accused the president of contributing to the coarsening of the national political discourse, and that turned the primary into a test of whether loyalty to Trump is more important to Republican voters than a lawmaker's record.

In North Dakota, Republican Representative Kevin Cramer easily won the nomination to challenge Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp.

Smith has served in the state Legislature for 22 years.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster will have a runoff against business executive John Warren, even though McMaster was one of the few Republican leaders in South Carolina who supported Trump's presidential bid. If he fails to top 50%, it would catapult him into a one-on-one runoff.

Democrats, meanwhile, could nominate state Rep. Jason Smith, a Joe Biden ally, to take on the Republican victor there.

Interest in the race pushed voter turnout by Tuesday afternoon to a higher level than the 2016 Nevada primary, according to Nevada Deputy Secretary of State for Elections Wayne Thorley. Clark County Commissioners Steve Sisolak and Clark County Commissioner Christina Giunchigliani are the front-runners among Democrats. He's a former lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, the grandson of former U.S. Sen. and Nevada Gov. Paul Laxalt and son of former U.S. Sen.

ME voters are deciding how they'd prefer to veer in their search for the successor to term-limited, conservative Republican Gov. Paul LePage. He faces a field of candidates that also includes state treasurer Dan Schwartz.

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