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Early results in South Carolina's 1st congressional district shows U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, R-Charleston, trailing with 47 percent of the vote, versus 48 percent for state Rep. Katie Arrington, R-Dorchester.

"I fully endorse Katie Arrington for Congress in SC, a state I love", Trump continued.

Sanford told his supporters shortly before 11 p.m. he was likely to lose his bid for re-election Tuesday night.

"We will see what the final numbers foretell, but I've always been a realist, and at this point, based on the numbers I see, I think that I'll end up losing this election", Sanford said. But he failed to win the 50 percent necessary to avoid a runoff. And while that likely didn't do much by itself, as it came just three hours before polls closed and after many had already voted, it's clear that the man who made it through "hiking the Appalachian Trail" couldn't survive taking on his party's president.

In his remarks Tuesday night, Sanford was unbowed, saying, "I stand by every one of those decisions to disagree with the president".

Arrington vanquished the 58-year-old career politician by running a textbook contrast campaign - resulting in a stunning upset punctuated by a last-second endorsement from USA president Donald Trump.

Tuesday brought another set of primaries across the country - in Maine, South Carolina, Nevada, North Dakota and Virginia - and another set of surprises.

Trump helps take down Mark Sanford
Trump helps take down Mark Sanford

Attorney General Alan Wilson will face two Republican challengers: William Herlong and Todd Atwater. Ted Cruz during the 2016 election campaign. Republican incumbent Rep. Bruce Poliquin will attempt to defend his seat against the victor of a three-person Democratic primary featuring state Rep. Jared Golden, bookseller Craig Olson and nonprofit director Lucas St. Clair.

In the Second Congressional District, incumbent Republican Rep. Scott Taylor will face the victor of the Democratic primary between former U.S. Navy commander Elaine Luria and schoolteacher Karen Mallard.

"They'll say it as if it's an evil word-like "you're a communist" or something", Sanford said in 2009 when he was labeled a "libertarian" by Sen.

Corey Stewart, the bombastic conservative who built his public image on championing the Confederate flag and monuments like Charlottesville's Robert E. Lee statue and has appeared with white nationalists, won the Republican Senate nomination. Tuesday demonstrated yet again just how strong the anti-incumbency mood is among Republican primary voters.

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

Representative Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, with his wife Kris and sons Abel and Beau, cheer after the party endorsed Cramer for the US Senate race against Democratic Sen.

It is fitting, perhaps, that the Republican Party's turn towards Trump's economic nationalism has coincided with Johnson departing the party to become a Libertarian and Sanford being tossed from its ranks. In the 4th District, vacated by retiring Rep. Ruben Kihuen, two former congressmen - Democrat Steven Horsford and Republican Cresent Hardy - are the favorites. Pete Domenici and Michelle Laxalt, the daughter of former Nevada governor and senator Paul Laxalt.

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