President Donald Trump has congratulated his loyalist Corey Stewart for winning Virginia's Republican Senate primary.
Voters on Tuesday decided state Rep. Katie Arrington would be the Republican candidate in the coastal 1st District.
Sanford is the second Republican member of Congress to lose in a nominating contest this year, following Robert Pittenger's loss in North Carolina last month. Hardy lost in 2016 to Democrat Ruben Kihuen, who is not seeking re-election after several women accused him of sexual misconduct.
Republican candidates included: Shannon Pierce, Claude Schmid, Lee Bright, John Marshall Mosser, Mark Burns, Dan Albert, Barry Bell, Stephen H. Brown, William Timmons, Dan Hamilton, Justin David Sanders, Josh Kimbrell and James Epley.
During the 2016 presidential election, after Trump ventured to Capitol Hill to meet with Republicans, Sanford came out of the meeting telling reporters, "I wasn't particularly impressed".
SC is an open primary state, meaning you don't have to be a registered member of a party to vote in it's primary.
As a candidate for governor in 2017, Stewart spoke out against removing Confederate monuments, including the Robert E. Lee statue that prompted a deadly protest in Charlottesville past year. Stewart called efforts to remove the monuments "an attempt to destroy traditional America". Attorney General Adam Laxalt defeated a fellow beneficiary of the 2014 Republican wave, state Treasurer Dan Schwartz, for their party's nomination.
Gov. Paul LePage is threatening to not certify Tuesday's results, after the voters made a decision to switch to a new system of "ranked-choice" voting. Susan Collins and independent Sen.
Democrats, with just 16 of the nation's governorships, view the seat as one of their top pick-up opportunities.
I got a chance to speak to South Carolina's Political Director of Young Republicans, who told me, 18 to 40-year-olds really showed up to vote despite low turnout overall.
Former Rep. Cresent Hardy is the Republican frontrunner in a six-person race, while former Rep. Steven Horsford is expect to win the Democratic nomination after incumbent Ruben Kihuen announced he wouldn't seek reelection in response to sexual misconduct allegations. What they don't have is competitive Senate primaries.
In other races of the night, a former Trump campaign official in Virginia eked out a win in the Republican race to challenge Sen.
There's also the return of Sharron Angle, the conservative who once ominously threatened to "take out" then-Sen.
Angle is a former legislator who gained national attention in 2010 when she unsuccessfully challenged ex-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. In between, Sanford was S.C. governor from 2003 to 2011. Clark County Commissioners Steve Sisolak and Clark County Commissioner Christina Giunchigliani are the front-runners among Democrats. Dean Heller, possibly the most vulnerable Republican in the Senate, and Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen. On Tuesday, they won a special election to Wisconsin's state Senate, in a district that Trump won by almost 20 points.