President Donald Trump’s focus on two congressional races in South Carolina shows just how far he’ll go to get back at Republicans who he feels have spurned him.
GOP Reps. Nancy Mace and Tom Rice both blamed Trump for his role in perpetuating the events of Jan. 6. After the riots, Mace called out the then-president, saying he needed to “get off Twitter” to communicate peace, while Rice voted with nine other House Republicans to impeach Trump (a group that does not include Mace). Then, Trump endorsed challengers against both of them in primaries this year.
Mace survived, defeating Trump-backed Katie Arrington. But Rice cratered — notching just a quarter of the vote on his way to primary defeat.
Rice’s loss was yet another example of Trump’s taste for revenge against those who crossed him.
No Maine candidates got a Trump endorsement — Biden won the state by around 9 percent in 2020.
South Carolina wins
Won with 83 percent of the vote.
In 2016, McMaster was the first statewide elected official to endorse Trump, and the then-president’s support was central to the governor’s campaign for a full term two years later. Trump endorsed McMaster again last March, meeting with the candidate at Mar-a-Lago in February. Trump called him a “fabulous chief executive for his state” in an endorsement statement.
Won with 66 percent of the vot…