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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Trump-backed candidate Russell Fry defeats incumbent Tom Rice in SC House primary

A candidate backed by former President Donald Trump defeated Congressman Tom Rice in Tuesday’s South Carolina GOP primary after a five-time incumbent voted to impeach Trump over the Jan.

State legislator Russell Fry defeated Rice in the 7th Congressional District when he won nearly twice the number of votes a congressman got in the Republican primary election.

By the time the race was called off by the Associated Press, Fry had earned 51% of the vote compared to the current’s 25% – with almost 95% of the vote.

Fry, who was elected to the state legislature in 2015, was endorsed by Trump and repeatedly slammed Rice as RINO, aka Republican in Name Only.

Rice was one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump on charges of inciting rebellion after the January 6 Capitol riots.

Trump called Rice a “coward who abandoned his constituents for Nancy Pelosi and the Radical Left” and said he should be kicked out of office in February, as well as supporting Fry.

According to local newspaper The Post and Courier, the 45th president won 59% of the vote in South Carolina’s 7th district in 2020.

Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC) was one of 10 Republicans who voted for Trump’s impeachment after the January 6 Capitol riots.
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After Rice voted to impeach Trump, several Republican challengers decided to run against him for a total of seven names on the GOP ballot. Barbara Arthur finished third with over 13% of the vote.

Another Palmetto State Republican incumbent, freshman Rep. Nancy Mays, faced a Trump-backed challenger in her district primary, but was able to hold on to her seat.

Mace garnered about 53% of the vote, while Trump’s choice, state Representative Katie Arrington, earned nearly 45% in the GOP primary for the first district, which counted 89% of the vote — missing a run-off.

Mays escalated Trump’s anger after publicly criticizing him over the January 6 riots. In return, the former president supported Arrington.

“Nancy fights Republicans all the time and there’s nothing good about it at all,” Trump said in a statement Sunday night. “Frankly, almost everyone despises him, and who needs it in Congress or in the Republican Party?”

In November, Fry will face Democrat Daryl Scott and Mace will face Democrat Annie Andrews. Both GOPers are expected to win the general election easily.

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