Last year, Rep. Mark Sanford (R-Charleston) turned back an underfunded primary challenge from then-state Rep. Jenny Horne with a 56-44% victory margin. Now, Rep. Sanford will face another primary opponent, this time one who appears to have more backing. Stating her allegiance to President Trump, state Rep. Katie Arrington (R-Summerville) yesterday announced her congressional candidacy. Immediately, state House Speaker Jay Lucas (R-Hartsville) and Majority Leader Gary Simrill (R-Rock Hill) endorsed Ms. Arrington thus providing an indication that she will run a serious political effort. Clearly, based upon her announcement speech, support for the President will become a contrasting issue between she and Mr. Sanford. The Congressman, who served two terms as Governor, has been highly critical of President Trump, particularly during the 2016 South Carolina presidential primary campaign, therefore sowing the seeds for an interesting potential race.
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