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Sanford upset in GOP primary

CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) - U.S. Congressman Mark Sanford will not return to Washington for another term in office. 

Voters in Charleston, Berkeley, Beaufort, Colleton and Dorchester counties nominated State Rep. Katie Arrington to replace him in the Republican primary for U.S. House District 1 on Tuesday.

During her campaign, Arrington vowed to support President Donald Trump's political agenda.

Tuesday afternoon, the President endorsed her bid for Congress in a Tweet criticizing Sanford.


Sanford addressed the President's tweet as he acknowledged defeat Tuesday night.

"A lot of people have come up to me over the course of this campaign and said, 'Are you for or against Trump?' And I'd say, 'I'm neither for nor against Trump.'   I'm for ideas that I've long stood for, over the entirety of my time in politics, based on limited government.'

With 98-percent of precincts reporting, Arrington led the race by about 2,500 votes - enough to avoid a runoff and secure the Republican nomination.

During her victory speech, Arrington thanked Sanford for his years of service as a congressman and two-term governor.

"It has been a rough tumble campaign, but everyone should remember that we agree more than we disagree."

In the coming weeks, Arrington plans to campaign in communities that "have not heard the Republican message."

She will face Democrat Joe Cunningham in November's general election.

During his victory speech over rival Toby Smith, Cunningham said that if elected, he would fight for Lowcountry residents regardless of party, income level, or sexual orientation.

The general election is set for November 6.


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