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Dem Domestic Abuser Wins, Never-Trumper Loses in South Carolina Primaries

While 'never-Trump' Mark Sanford had a terrible night, the first statewide official to back Trump’s presidential bid came up big.

By NTK Staff | 06.13.2018 @1:00pm
Dem Domestic Abuser Wins, Never-Trumper Loses in South Carolina Primaries

Admitted domestic abuser and Democrat Archie Parnell won his primary contest in what turned out to be a wild night in the Palmetto State.

Parnell ran in South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District and will face Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) in the general election in November. The contest will be a rematch from the 2017 special election, which saw Parnell outperform expectations but still fall short in the Republican district.

Despite national and South Carolina Democrats calling on Parnell to drop out of the race after the abuse revelations surfaced, and a mass exodus of staffers from his campaign, Parnell pressed on.

Last month, Parnell came clean about attacking and beating his ex-wife 45 years ago. The ex-wife said this caused her to fear for her life and she obtained a restraining order against Parnell. Their divorce was finalized in 1974.

Never-Trumper Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) wasn’t so lucky Tuesday night. The disgraced former governor who mounted a political comeback in 2013 fell to state Rep. Katie Arrington in the Republican primary for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District.

Sanford staked out a strong anti-Trump stance, and had never lost a race before Tuesday night. The president weighed in very late in the race – Tuesday afternoon – with a tweet in support of Arrington. The tweet also criticized Sanford for his 2009 affair, which resulted in the South Carolina legislature censuring him and a divorce from his wife of 21 years.

Meanwhile, on the gubernatorial front, early Trump proponent Henry McMaster dominated the GOP primary with 42 percent of the vote. He will head into a runoff with John Warren, who received 28 percent.

Trump reiterated his support for McMaster last week in a tweet. He had publicly backed McMaster at a Greenville, SC fundraiser in October 2017, according to CNN.

“It is my honor to give my endorsement to Henry McMaster,” Trump said in October 2017. “He’s going to be, for many years, a great governor. He’s doing some special job, and he does it with his heart.”

McMaster claims to be the first statewide elected official to endorse Trump’s presidential campaign.

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