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U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace defeats McCarthy-backed challenger to win South Carolina Republican primary

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace has won the Republican nomination after a tumultuous second term in South Carolina that saw her go from an enemy to an ally of former President Donald Trump and making headlines for many things in the House.

Mace beat challengers Catherine Templeton and Bill Young in voting that ended Tuesday. She will face a Democratic opponent in the general election in the 1st District, South Carolina’s closest thing to a swing district in the Republican-dominated state.

Trump’s endorsement – ​​after he called it crazy and terrible in 2022 — is just one of many ways Mace has attracted far greater attention than a typical second-term member of Congress.

She is a regular on interview shows, often upsetting the hosts. She calls on her party to show moderation on abortion and marijuana, but joins seven of the far-right MPs. oust former Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy.

McCarthy threw his weight against Mace and the other defectors. His political action committee made a $10,000 contribution to Templeton and the American Prosperity Alliance, where a McCarthy ally serves as senior advisordonated to a group called South Carolina Patriots PAC, which spent more than $2.1 million against Mace.

Mace said her positions and beliefs are not erratic — she simply reflects the values ​​of the 1st District, which stretches from the century-old neighborhoods of Charleston along the coast to the booming neighborhoods of freshly minted Beaufort County. built, where retirees settle in South Carolina. elsewhere.

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His opponents have argued that while seeming to land everywhere on the issues, Mace is nowhere.

Templeton agonized over South Carolina’s health and environment agency a decade ago and, in his only political race, finished third in the 2018 GOP. gubernatorial primary won by Governor Henry McMaster. Young is a Navy veteran and financial planner.

In the Democratic primary, businessman and former CEO of the International African American Museum Michael Moore defeated Mac Deford, a Citadel graduate and advocate for some of the district’s largest bedroom communities.

South Carolina legislators designed the neighborhood being more Republican after the seat was flipped for one term in 2018. The 1st District was the only congressional district won by Nikki Haley over Trump in the 2024 South Carolina Republican presidential primary.

4th district

The other member of the South Carolina House of Representatives up for re-election in the primary is Republican William Timmons of the 4th District, whose mainstays are Greenville and Spartanburg.

Timmons’ divorce — and a widely shared Instagram post by a husband who said Timmons had an affair with his wife — complicated his re-election bid. Timmons denied the allegations and asked for privacy.

Timmons’ challenger as he seeks a fourth term is South Carolina Rep. Adam Morgan, who leads the House Freedom Caucus, a group made up of the most conservative lawmakers in state government. He attacks Timmons from the right, saying he’s not conservative enough to be a true Republican.

Trump endorsed Timmons. U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, who helped McCarthy become speaker of the House of Representatives, boosted Morgan’s campaign through social media.

3rd district

South Carolina’s 3rd District is wide open after Republican Rep. Jeff Duncan decides against it run again after seven terms. Duncan’s wife of 35 years filed for divorce in 2023, accusing him of several affairs.

The Republican nomination will take place in the second round between a candidate supported by Trump and another supported by his good friend McMaster.

Mark Burns is a black pastor who supported Trump before his first run for president and made it to the runoff after losing twice in the GOP primary in the neighboring 4th District.

His opponent is nurse practitioner Sheri Biggs, who, along with her husband, has been a loyal collaborator and friend of McMaster for years.

They beat out five other candidates, including South Carolina Rep. Stewart Jones and Kevin Bishop, who managed communications for U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham for more than two decades.

Byron Best, manager of the Sherwin-Williams paint store in Greenwood, won the Democratic nomination in the 3rd District.

Other races

The only other incumbent speaker of the United States House of Representatives facing a primary challenger is Republican Joe Wilson, who won the party’s nomination as he seeks a 12th full term in the 2nd District, which extends suburban areas around Columbia west and south toward Aiken.

Wilson will face David Robinson II. The U.S. Army veteran who enlisted after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and advocates for missing persons after his son disappeared in the Arizona desert has won the Democratic primary.

During the 6th District Republican primary, attorney Duke Buckner hires welder Justin Scott. The winner will face Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, who is seeking a 17th term in the state’s majority-minority district bounded by areas around Charleston, Beaufort and Columbia.

In the 7th District Democratic primary, teacher Mal Hyman, who calls himself an independent Democrat, faces Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom veteran Daryl Scott. The winner will face U.S. Republican Russell Fry, who is seeking a second term in the district that stretches from Myrtle Beach to Florence, in the northeastern part of the state.

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