5 states hold primaries; Rep. Mark Sanford loses to primary challenger

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In a tweet posted at 4:12 p.m., less than three hours before polls closed, the president described Sanford as "very unhelpful" in Trump's campaign to "Make America Great Again". In South Carolina, Republican Katie Arrington attacked incumbent congressman, Mark Sanford, for his criticisms of the chief executive. And what are the long-term impacts of Trump's support for Arrington's candidacy?

If she holds on, Arrington would face Democrat Joe Cunningham in November.

On Tuesday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy broke with Trump to say he supported Sanford.

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

Sanford weathered an extramarital affair in 2009 while he was governor of SC, and was elected to his current position in 2013.

One White House aide said Trump's disdain for Sanford should not have come as a surprise to the conservatives now protesting the President's intervention in his primary. On Wednesday, he congratulated Arrington in another tweet, saying his advisers had earlier told him to stay out of the race but that he "had to give it a shot".

"Unlike you, Mark has shown humility in his role and a desire to be a better man than he was the day before", Representative Amash said on Twitter. Rep. Robert Pittenger lost his North Carolina race last month, but Pittenger and his opponent, Mark Harris, both ran as Trump fans. Afghanistan veteran and longtime state Rep. James Smith is the front-runner, spending 22 years in the South Carolina House before stepping aside for a run for governor.

Despite drawn-out embarrassment and a formal censure from the state legislature, Sanford would finish his term as governor and go on to be elected to the House of Representatives for two terms.

Ms. Comstock's district, home to many federal government workers, has drifted left in recent years. Trump carried the 1st District by 13 points in 2016.

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Cohen has admitted making the payment, but Trump has denied the encounter with Daniels. "And he's a good person", Trump said. Trump and his allies are turning against him, as pressure for him to cooperate with federal authorities continues.

Republicans in Virginia are picking between Corey Stewart, who has built his public profile on defending Confederate monuments, state delegate Nick Freitas, the favorite of the Koch brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity and a Rand Paul ally, and minister E.W. Jackson, who has taken a series of hardline conservative positions on social issues.

"We're going to have a lot of fun between now and November, folks", Stewart told a raucous crowd at his victory party Tuesday evening.

Among the Democrats, in a couple of high-profile races, voters turned away from the progressives, who have seemed to set the tone for the party nationally.

Democrats in two other districts they hope to retake nominated women: Abigail Spanberger in central Virginia and Elaine Luria in the district that includes Virginia Beach.

Democrats, meanwhile, could nominate state Rep. Jason Smith, a Joe Biden ally, to take on the Republican victor there. ME on Tuesday debuted its statewide ranked-choice voting, which allows voters to rank candidates first to last on their ballot.

LePage, in an interview with WCSH-TV on Tuesday, called the format "the most horrific thing in the world" and said he would probably not certify the results, and leave it to courts to decide.

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