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In SC primary, ardent Trump backer defeats Rep. Mark Sanford

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By THOMAS BEAUMONT and CHRSTINA L. MYERS
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A second incumbent Republican congressman has lost his seat in a primary featuring intense divisions among the GOP in the Trump era.

Congressman Mark Sanford is best remembered nationally for a highly public extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina several years ago. In Tuesday's primary, he lost to state Representative Katie Arrington, who had campaigned against Sanford by branding him a "Never Trumper." The president himself weighed in by stoking memories of the affair, tweeting that Sanford was "better off in Argentina."

Four other states held primaries. In Virginia, a Republican known for his ardent defense of Confederate symbolism, Corey Stewart, won the Republican primary to face Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine. Stewart says he plans to wage a "vicious" campaign against Kaine, Hillary Clinton's running mate in 2016.

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