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Candidates running for Governor

A one-time state chairman of President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, Stewart almost won the 2017 Republican nomination for governor, despite being heavily outspent.

SC voters are getting their chance to weigh in as voting began Tuesday for the state's primary elections, with a hotly contested governor's race at the top of the ticket.

The congressman had been a rising star in the GOP in 2009 when his aides told reporters he was missing because he was hiking the Appalachian Trail - only for him to get caught instead returning from Argentina, where he had been visiting his mistress. Nevada, North Dakota, Maine and Virginia also chose candidates for the midterm election on November 6, when Democrats hope to capture a majority of the U.S. Congress.

Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp will face the state's single House member, GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer, in the fall.

"Bless his heart, but it's time for Mark Sanford to take a hike - for real this time", Arrington says in the ad.

Trump also tweeted his endorsement of Adam Laxalt, Nevada's attorney general, just after noon Pacific time.

"I think we're working hard and we plan to win this primary", McMaster said.

Wednesday, on Fox News Channel's The Story with Martha MacCallum, Sanford said, "I wouldn't say it was the tweet, but the race, it was reduced down to who was more Trump versus not".

Meanwhile, a candidate for governor who had done her best to imitate President Donald Trump ultimately rubbed voters the wrong way, while a once-popular Richland solicitor fell victim to a swarm of allegations about sexual harassment allegations and improper spending.

Sanford had been critical of Trump at times, saying he "fanned the flames" of intolerance and decrying what he characterized as his disregard for facts.

Asked why more Republicans haven't spoken out against Trump, Sanford said, "People are running for the hills". As governor, Sanford secretly travelled there while having an affair.

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"Mark Sanford has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign to MAGA", Mr. Trump tweeted on his way home from his summit with North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-Un in Singapore.

The Post and Courier reports Sanford has conceded the race.

In a big Virginia race, Republican Corey Stewart - known for his ardent defense of Confederate symbolism - won the Republican primary to face Democratic Sen. He is MIA and nothing but trouble.

But in Virginia, Democrats are selecting House candidates to run in some of the nation's most competitive races.

Hours before polls closed Tuesday night, Trump tweeted in support of Sanford's opponent Arrington.

Several candidates ran in the primaries to represent their party in the race for governor, which will be open after Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval steps down because of term limits. She is tough on crime and will continue our fight to lower taxes.

Turnout was generally light, a state election commission spokesman said early Tuesday afternoon.

The result? She came in third Tuesday, winning 21 percent of the vote. Steven Horsford, a former House member, won the Democratic nomination for the 4th District.

In South Carolina, Republican Gov. Henry McMaster - an early and vocal supporter of Trump who replaced former Gov. Nikki Haley - fell short of 50% and is headed to a June 26 runoff with the second-place finisher, businessman John Warren.

She also tried to tap into longtime uneasiness with the incumbent, who's been a familiar name to Lowcountry voters.

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