Representative Mark Sanford, Republican of South Carolina, is having a bad night tonight. Sanford became one of the most prominent Trump critics in the congressional GOP. Now he might be in danger of losing his seat. With 51 percent reporting, Sanford only has 45.1% percent of the vote. The reason? President Trump destroyed him on Twitter tonight.
"Mark Sanford has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign to MAGA. He is MIA and nothing but trouble. He is better off in Argentina. I fully endorse Katie Arrington for Congress in SC, a state I love. She is tough on crime and will continue our fight to lower taxes. VOTE Katie!" President Trump tweeted.
U.S. House, South Carolina, District 1.
In a strikingly personal last-minute intervention against a lawmaker of his own party, President Trump attacked Representative Mark Sanford of South Carolina on Tuesday and urged voters to support the woman who is trying to unseat him in the day’s primary.
It was not clear how much sway Mr. Trump’s tweet would have on primary voters so late in the day. But his endorsement could help spell the end of Mr. Sanford’s long career in politics if the contest advances to a runoff.
Mr. Trump’s broadside appeared to have been unplanned. Some White House officials were not aware it was coming, pointing out that the president sent the message while he was on Air Force One returning from Singapore. And about 40 minutes after he took aim at Mr. Sanford, Mr. Trump appeared to confirm he was catching up on news back home.