The Red Wave has just begun.
Republicans are advancing, but Donald Trump’s support does not appear to sweep the party as in 2016.
Trump dominated the 2016 presidential primary in South Carolina, defeating Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz by double-digit margins; yet, his current influence in the state is mixed.
The Daily Beast writes that in South Carolina’s 7th Congressional District, former president-backed state legislator Russell Fry defeated incumbent Rep. Tom Rice. For Trump, Fry’s victory was personal: Rice voted to impeach him following the uprising.
Rice attracted the ire of Trump and death threats from the former president’s supporters in return. His loss came as no surprise. His position did not save him.
Rice was unrepentant till the very end. “I was livid,” Rice declared. The Beast says, “I took an oath to protect the Constitution and I did it then and I would do it again tomorrow,”.
Katie Arrington, a former state politician favored by Trump, conceded her race against incumbent Rep. Nancy Mace in South Carolina, according to The Daily Beast.
Mace blasted Arrington for losing her Pentagon security clearance as a civilian. A substantial number of veterans reside in South Carolina. The Daily Beast writes that this did not dissuade Trump from endorsing Arrington, a decision motivated more by his animosity at the incumbent than by his opinion of her opponent.
What is Mace’s sin? Trump was angered by her vote to recognize Joe Biden as the 2020 presidential election winner. She also critiqued the uprising. Although she voted against impeachment, Mace did not entirely accept the Big Lie.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
Mace repeatedly stressed her personal support for Trump, and let his backers know that she still stood with them. The congresswoman swallowed her pride and groveled. On primary night it paid off.
Limitations surrounding Trump’s endorsement echoed Georgia and Pennsylvania, several weeks ago.
In the Peach State, Trump triumphed with Gov. Brian Kemp sailing to renomination and Brad Raffensperger, the secretary of state who rejected Trump’s appeal to just “find 11,780 votes,” avoiding a run-off.
Their wins came after Mehmet Oz won in a slim margin in Pennsylvania even with Trump’s endorsement.
On the other hand, the hearings held by the House special committee do not appear to have impacted the outcomes in the Palmetto State, the Daily Beast noted. Indeed, they were irrelevant. Read more…