U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford hugged his sons after addressing his supporters at Liberty Tap Room in Mount Pleasant, S.C., Tuesday, June 12, 2018. 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. (Wade Spees/The Post And Courier via AP)

In SC primary, ardent Trump backer defeats Rep. Mark Sanford

June 13, 2018 - 2:01 am

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A second incumbent Republican congressman has lost his seat in a primary featuring intense divisions among the GOP in the Trump era.

Congressman Mark Sanford is best remembered nationally for a highly public extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina several years ago. In Tuesday's primary, he lost to state Representative Katie Arrington, who had campaigned against Sanford by branding him a "Never Trumper." The president himself weighed in by stoking memories of the affair, tweeting that Sanford was "better off in Argentina."

Four other states held primaries. In Virginia, a Republican known for his ardent defense of Confederate symbolism, Corey Stewart, won the Republican primary to face Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine. Stewart says he plans to wage a "vicious" campaign against Kaine, Hillary Clinton's running mate in 2016.

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