Politics & Government

Mark Sanford concedes to challenger Arrington in SC 1st District

11 p.m.

The Post and Courier reports Sanford has conceded the race.

10:51 p.m.

The New York Times reports that Sanford "all but concedes" in a speech in Charleston tonight, telling supporters, "Based on the numbers I see, I think I'll end up losing this election."



Sanford also reiterates "It may have cost me an election in this case, but I stand by every one of those decisions to disagree with the president."

10:43 p.m.

With 81 percent of the results in for the 1st District, Katie Arrington remains in the lead with 51 percent of the vote, enough to win the GOP nomination outright. Mark Sanford, who has held the seat since 2013, trails with 46 percent of the vote.

Sanford previously represented the coastal district from 1995 to 2001. In between, Sanford was S.C. governor from 2003 to 2011.

9:50 p.m.

With 65 percent reporting, first-term state Rep. Katie Arrington is on the verge of unseating a S.C. political fixture for the past 25 years.

Arrington has 52 percent of the vote in the GOP primary in the state's 1st congressional district, leading incumbent Rep. Mark Sanford who has just 45 percent, according to the Associated Press.

Sanford had represented the Charleston district on and off for six terms, with eight years in the Governor's Mansion in between. Sanford even survived a very public adultery scandal to win re-election in the 1st District in a 2013 special election.

But Arrington has hammered Sanford for his criticism of President Donald Trump, and she enough GOP voters in the district may agree with her.

If she holds on, Arrington would face Democrat Joe Cunningham in November.

9:23 p.m.

With 48 percent of the vote in, it's starting to look like Arrington could win the GOP nomination without a runoff.

Arrington has 52 percent of the vote to incumbent Mark Sanford's 45 percent, according to the AP.

AP also projects Charleston attorney Joe Cunningham will be the Democratic nominee in the 1st District.

8:40 p.m.

With 16 percent of the vote in for South Carolina's 1st District, both incumbent Mark Sanford and challenger Katie Arrington remain nearly tied, with the AP giving both candidates 48 percent. Dimitri Cherny has 3 percent.

Joe Cunningham maintains a 2-to-1 lead on Toby Smith in the Democratic race.

8:32 p.m.

With 1 percent of precincts in the 1st District reporting, Sanford remains in a tight race with Arrington. Sanford now has 49 percent to Arrington's 47 percent, according to AP. Cherny has 4 percent.

8:20 p.m.

Early results in South Carolina's 1st congressional district shows U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, R-Charleston, trailing with 47 percent of the vote, versus 48 percent for state Rep. Katie Arrington, R-Dorchester.

The district could go to a runoff thanks to ex-Democrat Dimitri Cherny, who has 3 percent of the vote.

Sanford has held the seat since a special election in 2013, but faces a tight challenge in the GOP primary from Arrington, a first-term S.C. House member.

Arrington has hit Sanford over his disagreements with President Donald Trump.

Sanford previously represented the coastal district from 1995 to 2001. In between, Sanford was S.C. governor from 2003 to 2011.

In the Democratic primary in the 1st District, Joe Cunningham has 62 percent to Toby Smith's 37 percent.

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