Representative Nancy Mace overcomes challenger Katie Arrington in SC primary

Representative Nancy Mace won her main battle against former President Donald Trump’s pick Katie Arrington, according to an Associated Press (AP) projection.

Although Mace is the incumbent Republican in South Carolina’s First Congressional District, she has come under criticism from Trump after promoting the Democratic narrative that the former president was responsible for the Jan. 6 Capitol riots. Mace also voted to certify the 2020 election, despite Trump’s call on Republican lawmakers to oppose election certification.

Days before the election, Trump urged South Carolina voters to elect Arrington: “A wonderful person is running against terrible Nancy Mace, who has really let us down.”

Although Trump endorsed Arrington, Mace campaigned as a supporter of Trump’s policies. A day after Trump made his choice, Mace made a video of herself appearing outside Trump Tower in New York City, boasting that she was one of Trump’s earliest supporters.

Mace was convinced she would win without Trump’s support, recounting the slate in February, “I will win without him.” Mace has also won the backing of two former Trump administration officials, former UN ambassador Nikki Haley and former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

Shortly after the race was called, Arrington conceded in Mace, according to local ABC news.

Trump congratulated Mace on his victory in a post on his Truth Social social media platform. “Katie Arrington was a long shot but ran a great race and performed much better. Congratulations to Nancy Mace, who should easily be able to defeat her Democratic opponent,” Trump job.

Mace is now set to face Democratic challenger Annie Andrews in November, a race she is expected to win after redistricting made her district more conservative.


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