GOP Challenger Frames Mark Sanford as a 'Never-Trumper' in Tough Race

Frederick Owens
June 13, 2018

She also liked numerous tweets critical of President Donald Trump, responded favorably to an article on the success of the Democratic Socialists of America and liked a tweet that called U.S. Sen. He will be a great Governor.

In the U.S. Senate, Republicans are hoping to reclaim one of Virginia's two Senate seats. Heidi Heitkamp. The primaries are sleepy, but the two states will be among the nation's most competitive Senate battlegrounds in the fall.

The state's tightest House race is in the 10th district, which includes part of Northern Virginia.

On a recent day Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ms. Giunchigliani donned sneakers and a sun hat to knock on doors in one lower-income neighborhood to persuade voters to choose her to run against Mr. Laxalt.

In Nevada, Democrats face a contentious primary that could cost them the victory in November. Heller, 58, who holds the most vulnerable of the nine GOP-held seats on the ballot in 2018, won a reprieve from a contested GOP primary when Trump successfully urged announced rival Republican Danny Tarkanian to drop out of the Senate race and run for a House seat instead. The victor will challenge GOP Representative Dave Brat, who is seen as potentially vulnerable.

In the Seventh Congressional District, incumbent Republican Rep. Dave Brat will face off against the victor of a Democratic primary between former Central Intelligence Agency operative Abigail Spanberger and retired Col. Dan Ward. State Sen. Jennifer Wexton is the establishment preference, but veteran Dan Helmer's viral ads - one of which compares the threat Trump poses to Osama bin Laden - have gained some national attention.

While they have focused their campaigns on health care, gun control and the GOP tax law - along with Comstock's record of largely voting in line with Trump - the Democrats, in interviews with ABC News, differentiated themselves with various ideas about on how to best challenge the president and hold him accountable. No Republican challenger filed to face him.

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On the Democratic side, voters also face a choice between political experience and newcomer perspective.

Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., a vocal Trump critic, is facing a serious challenge from Republican state Rep. Katie Arrington, a Trump supporter who has attacked the state's former governor for being too critical of the president.

It's an incredibly confusing primary with six Democrats competing for the chance to run against the Republican incumbent. But the 10 also heavily favored Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, voting for the Democrat by almost 10 points.

In Nevada, the race to replace outgoing Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval features primaries in both parties.

"This is about a president who presents a grave danger to our democracy", he told ABC News. Stewart is the chairman of the Prince William County board of supervisors and is a conservative who has backing from former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. Scott Hammond and former reporter Michelle Mortensen.

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