Gov. Henry McMaster among five candidates in GOP gubernatorial primary

Virginia battle highlights U.S. Congress primary elections in 5 states

In District One, which includes Carolina County, Democrats Edwin Santana, John Suddarth and Vangie Williams are running for the nomination to face Republican incumbent Rob Wittman.

GOP candidate and state Rep. André Jacque (left) talks with De Pere resident Dennis Russell as he campaigns door to door for Tuesday's special election for state Senate.

Trump went further, stoking the controversy that disgraced Sanford and cost him his marriage.

Among congressional races, District Seven is among the most heated.

The two seats had been vacant since December, when Gov. Scott Walker appointed Republicans incumbents Frank Lasee and Keith Ripp to his administration.

"This was not by choice or by design", he explained at a Tuesday press conference.

With 99 percent of the vote tallied, Arrington had 50.6 percent of the vote - a figure that would cinch the nomination outright. He backed Sanford's pro-Trump challenger, state legislator Katie Arrington, for November's congressional elections. Other vocal Trump critics, such as Arizona Sen. On Capitol Hill, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) accused his fellow GOP senators of being afraid to "poke the bear" by challenging Trump on tariffs.

"The path to a majority has to run through seats that Secretary Clinton did not win, that is the reality", said Jessica Post, executive director of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, the party's national statehouse coordinator. And in Virginia, a controversial Trump acolyte will be his party's Senate candidate this fall.

"And unlike you, Mark has shown humility in his role and desire to be a better man than he was the day before", Amash added. And she reminded them who she thinks leads them: "We are the party of President Donald J. Trump".

Trump personally recruited Cramer to run, but there has been tension between the congressman and the White House.

Alison Friedman, a former State Department official who worked to combat human trafficking, said in an interview that she's "always been motivated by standing up to abuses of power", before accusing Trump of doing the same.

One incumbent U.S. House member won and one lost in Tuesday's primaries in SC. Dean Heller is considered the most vulnerable Republican senator running for reelection. But during the campaign, he ran ads saying how often he voted with the president.

In one sense, the stakes are low because the seats will immediately be up for election again.

Two other congressional races in Virginia will also be closely watched.

Despite the possibility of organized mischief making, the threat posed by an army of Democrats cross-voting for the least-feasible Republican in a primary race (and vice versa) remains purely theoretical.

While Comstock garnered more primary votes in her two-way race than Wexton, Democratic primary turnout overall far outpaced Republican, drawing more than 7,000 more Democrats than Republicans to the polls.

The Democratic-leaning 4th District, meanwhile, may set up a rematch between the players in one of 2014's biggest upsets. Tim Kaine, a former governor and vice presidential candidate now seeking a second term in the Senate. Before Tuesday, it had never before been used in a statewide primary election. Twenty candidates with that designation have faced primaries already; only one of them - among the party's most conservative choices - has lost.

Attorney General Adam Laxalt is expected to win the Republican nomination for Nevada governor, and Trump also tweeted out his support for Laxalt as people were voting Tuesday afternoon.

City leaders are hoping people will come out and vote.

ME voters were the nation's first to use a new voting system in a statewide election letting them rank candidates by preference rather than choosing just one.

Businessman Shawn Moody led the Republicans' four-way race for governor.

Centrist Steve Sisolak won a bruising battle between Clark County commissioners vying to be Nevada's first Democratic governor in two decades.

In Virginia's 2nd Congressional District in the Tidewater region along the Atlantic Coast, Democrat Elaine Luria, a former Navy commander and small business owner, won the Democratic primary.

Golden was leading late Tuesday. McAdams faces Democratic incumbent Donald McEachin.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has the president's backing but faces challenges from four other candidates.

The vote tested the heft of Trump's endorsement in SC, where McMaster became governor a year ago following Nikki Haley's departure to serve as U.N. Ambassador.



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