WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) — Donald Trump scored a crucial victory in South Carolina, where his favorite candidate easily ousted five-time Representative Tom Rice.The first Republican to be removed from office after voting to impeach the former president last year, But another high-profile GOP target of Trump in the state, Rep. Nancy Mays, has outdone a challenger.
Meanwhile, in Nevada on Tuesday, two election denials relentlessly fueled the former president’s lies about voter fraud. Win his primaries for key positions of power in the state.
Glimpses of the latest round of primary elections,
Decision to Partition in South Carolina
Rice and mace have been the object of Trump’s anger since the crowd of his supporters US Capitol stormed to block certification of victory in Joe Biden’s presidential election,
their crimes? Mace said on national TV that the attack “wiped out” Trump’s “entire legacy,” while Rice became an apostate to join a small group of Republicans who voted with Democrats in favor of Trump’s second impeachment.
“He threw a raging rage, ending with the dismissal of the United States Capitol,” Rice told NBC News on Monday. “This is a direct attack on the Constitution, and he must be held accountable.”
Voters ultimately gave differing decisions on the two, reflecting a division within the GOP about how to move on from the Trump era. Rice’s predominantly rural district is representative of Trump’s America, where the former president costs enormously to surpass. Even as Trump railed against both lawmakers, he decided to hold a rally in the Rice District earlier this year.
That’s because Mace’s district, which is centered on Charleston, is filled with the types of moderate suburban voters who fled the GOP under Trump. It is one of the few districts in the overall red state where Democrats have been moderately competitive even in the race for Congress.
The results demonstrate that the Trump factor may not be strongly underestimated in the Republican field, a potential warning sign for other Republicans, including Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who voted to impeach Trump. and helped lead the House panel investigating Jan. 6 attack. She faces a competitive primary from a Trump-backed challenger in August.
Another notable factor in the mess contest: It amounted to a proxy fight between Trump, who is considering a 2024 White House campaign, and former UN ambassador Nikki Haley, who is also considering a run.
Trump endorsed former state representative Katie Arrington in the race, while former South Carolina governor Haley effectively challenged Trump by campaigning with Mace.
In Rice’s contest, Trump endorsed State Representative Russell Fry.
Election Denied in Nevada
Two Republican candidates who vehemently pushed Trump’s lies about voter fraud cost the 2020 presidential election Tuesday won nominations for the top offices in Nevada.
Former state legislator Jim Merchant wins the GOP nomination for secretary of stateThe office that oversees elections in the perennial presidential battlefield that Trump lost in both 2016 and 2020.
Merchant has made a nationwide presence with other Trump aides, including MyPillow CEO Mike Lindellto cast doubt on the election results, despite the fact that the courts, election officials on both sides and their own attorney general Said the vote was valid.
Merchant is also working to persuade local officials to toss out voting equipment, which he baselessly argues is rigged and instead requires hand-counting and counting all ballots – a tedious and unnecessary Work because before the election is tested and later audited. Make sure votes are entered correctly.
Merchant will face Democrat Cisco Aguilar in November. Aguilar is a lawyer and former chairman of the Nevada Athletic Commission who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.
Adam LaxaltThe former state attorney general won the GOP nomination for the US Senate in Nevada on Tuesday after promoting Trump’s lies about state fraud in the 2020 election, leading to legal challenges to the vote-counting process .
Laxalt, who had the backing of the former president, fueled Trump’s false claims of voter fraud throughout his campaign. He has already begun to raise fears of voter fraud in this year’s midterm elections and has talked about the legal challenges he will face “to try to tighten the election”.
He insisted in 2020 that disqualified and dead voters cast ballots in the presidential election in Nevada, despite Republican Secretary of State Barbara Segawaske insisting that the results showing Biden’s victory were accurate and reliable. Cegavske was prevented from running again by term limit laws.
In November, Laxalt will face Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, whom Republicans see as one of their best chances to flip the seat and win back control of the chamber.
Trump, McConnell Align on Laxalt in Nevada
Trump and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell don’t agree much. A rare exception is Laxalt, who won Nevada’s Republican Senate primary.
The two Republican leaders have not been on speaking terms since December 2020, when McConnell acknowledged that Biden had defeated Trump. But they both backed Laxalt, who defeated retired Army Captain Sam Browne, a West Point graduate and Purple Heart recipient, who, as a conservative outsider, led an unexpectedly strong campaign.
The mutual support, which brings together Trump and the party’s establishment wing, shows that Republicans have for the first time been intensely focused on overturning the seat held by Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, who is considered one of the weakest senators. .
Texas House Seat Flips
The once solidly Democratic district in South Texas would now be represented by a Republican, when Myra Flores defeated former Democratic Rep. Won a special primary election to end the term of Philemon Vela, who resigned this year to become a lobbyist.
Flores, a GOP organizer who is the daughter of migrant workers, will only be in the seat for several months before the district is redrawn to be more friendly to Democrats. But his victory in the heavily Hispanic Rio Grande Valley is an ominous sign for Democrats.
Not only are they losing their ground in the region they long dominated, but Flores’ success as a candidate also shows that Republicans are infiltrating Hispanic voters.
His victory also weighs on the ambitions of Democrats in Congress, giving House Speaker Nancy Pelosi an opportunity to add to her slim two-vote margin for passing the law.
From South Carolina to the White House?
Also in South Carolina, Republican Tim Scott won an easy and uncontested primary on Tuesday in what he said would be his last term in the Senate. But he also has another state on his mind – Iowa’s presidential proving ground.
It has become an article of faith that there are no “accidental” visits to Iowa by ambitious politicians. And Scott, the only black Republican in the Senate, has made several visits, including last week.
He certainly has money to contend with. As he campaigned for Senate re-election, Scott made a jaw-dropping $42 million. That’s more than double the average cost of the $15.7 million Senate campaign won in the 2018 midterm. That’s more than enough to launch a Republican presidential campaign in 2024.
Even before his recent appearance at an Iowa Republican Party event, Scott has been raising his profile. He spoke at the 2020 Republican National Convention and gave a Republican response to President Joe Biden’s first joint congressional address. He also visited New Hampshire, another early-voting presidential state, and gave a speech at the Reagan Presidential Library, another frequent stop for Republicans eyeing the White House.
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