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Rep. Mark Sanford addresses the crowd during a town hall meeting in Hilton Head S.C

Rep. Mark Sanford addresses the crowd during a town hall meeting in Hilton Head S.C

The cult of Donald Trump has claimed its next victim. The closest thing to a protest candidate in the race, her candidacy was born of her controversial time spent as the director of the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation and the Department of Health and Environmental Control. And moderate House Republicans fell short of securing enough support to force votes on sweeping protections for young undocumented immigrants - a measure at odds with Trump's hard-line immigration posture.

"Mark Sanford has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign to MAGA", Trump tweeted at around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, just a few hours before polls closed. But no shame, no gain. One wrong turn - or in Sanford's case, many - and they could endure the wrath of a president who is quick to attack detractors as enemies, even those from his own party. Bob Corker (R-TN), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) all retire this year, and more pro-Trump candidates like Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) in Tennessee and potentially Dr. Kelli Ward in Arizona are expected to replace them.

He was sacked from the Trump campaign after staging an unsanctioned protest at the headquarters of the Republican National Committee, which Stewart said wasn't sufficiently loyal to Trump during the presidential campaign. In Republican strongholds, a Never Trumper is doomed for extinction.

Do you believe that South Carolina's tax code should be brought into conformity with the new Trump tax cuts in the federal tax code for maximum simplification and to lower the overall tax burden on SC taxpayers and businesses? She has served in the Statehouse since 2016.

As governor in 2009, Sanford famously disclosed that he had been carrying on an extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina.

In Virginia, a state legislator favored by the Virginia Democratic Party establishment won a crowded battle for the right to challenge one of the most endangered congressional Republicans in November's elections. He returned in 2013 and won a special election to his old U.S. House seat, holding on twice more. And Trump helped him do it. Sanford endorsed Ted Cruz (R-TX) during the 2016 presidential primary. Trump, of course, ignored him.

In the past, Sanford said the president should "just shut up" and "quit responding" to critics and focus on the issues at hand. Mark Meadows, the chair of the Freedom Caucus and a Trump confidante, said in a statement: "Mark Sanford has been a valued member of the Freedom Caucus and certainly has been a thoughtful member of Congress".

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The crowd chanted "Lock her up" and "Build the wall", a throwback to popular chants at Trump's campaign rallies. During a radio debate, she said, "You can't have a seat at the table in the Oval Office, because you have offended the president numerous times".

Arrington also, in a previous Breitbart News radio interview, pledged to join the House Freedom Caucus - a group that now has no women in it but will when she arrives in Congress next year. "Mark Sanford and the career politicians cheated on us", an Arrington commercial declared.

But Trump says Rep. Katie Arrington "was such a good candidate, and Sanford was so bad, I had to give it a shot".

In the end, Sanford lost his seat, but not his honor.

He spoke the truth about Trump.

In Sanford, he chose a well-known former governor, who among other criticisms held him partly responsible for a shooting at a congressional baseball practice by stoking national tensions.

'Great night for Republicans!' tweeted Trump.

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