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'I'll end up losing' SC Rep. Sanford trailing in District 1

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WSAV) - Incumbent Rep. Mark Sanford, who is trailing in South Carolina's Republican primary, tells the crowd: "I think that I'll end up losing this election."

He is falling just short of 1st District Congressional candidate Katie Arrington, who holds 51 percent of votes with 89 percent of precincts reporting.

Dimitri Cherny, the third Republican candidate, gripped just three percent of the votes.

About three hours before polls closed, Trump tweeted his support for Arrington saying, in part, “Mark Sanford has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign to MAGA. He is MIA and nothing but trouble.”

"Tonight, South Carolina spoke with a clear voice. It's time. It's time for a change in Washington.  It's time for a true citizen legislator,” said Arrington. “Someone who comes from the private sector who will stand with the people, who believes in terms limits, who will go to Washington to serve our constituents and then come home."

Meanwhile, Joe Cunningham has won the Democratic nomination.

The construction lawyer and yoga studio owner defeated Toby Smith on Tuesday and will go on to face a Republican in November's general election.
    
The district, which includes Charleston and the southern coast, has not elected a Democrat since 1978.


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