Nancy Mace: McCarthy foe will fend off primary challenge in South Carolina, CNN projects



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Representative from South Carolina. Nancy Mace will win the Republican primary for the state’s 1st Congressional District, according to CNN, avoiding two challenges and a push from allies of former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, whom she voted to oust.

By securing a majority of votes Tuesday, Mace is expected to avoid a June 25 primary runoff in his quest for a third term representing the coastal Charleston seat.

Tuesday’s result was a well-deserved victory for Mace, who has become an increasingly polarizing figure within her party. She has faced waves of criticism in recent months, including accusations that she created a toxic workplace to spark anger over votes by her and seven other Republicans to oust McCarthy from the presidency in october.

Days after the move, Mace wore a white T-shirt with a red “A” on the front, a reference to the novel “The Scarlet Letter” and what she described as a demonization of her vote.

McCarthy sought revenge at the ballot box, with his allies spending millions to attack Mace during the primary. The congresswoman and the groups supporting her primary opponent, Catherine Templeton – a former South Carolina cabinet official under the Republican administration. Nikki Haley – as McCarthy’s puppet.

Mace has been criticized for her evolving relationship with former President Donald Trump. After the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, Mace told CNN that Trump’s “entire legacy was wiped out” that day. As the 2022 midterm elections approach, Trump has endorsed his primary opponent, Katie Arrington. Among Mace’s top supporters in that primary was Haley, who campaigned with Mace and appeared in a television commercial on his behalf. Mace then defeated Arrington by 8 points.

Two years later, Mace endorsed Trump over Haley before the South Carolina Republican presidential primary. The former president endorsed Mace in March, calling her a “strong conservative voice.”

Mace was first elected in 2020, when she narrowly unseated Democratic incumbent Joe Cunningham. She comfortably won re-election two years later after the district was redrawn to become more GOP-friendly.

A three-judge panel concluded last year that the district’s new lines amounted to an unconstitutional racial gerrymander. But the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the new map last month, rejecting the argument that partner states impermissibly used race as a metric to bolster the Republican Party’s chances.

Meanwhile, in the state’s 4th Congressional District, Republican. William Timmons will win his primary, CNN projects, becoming the latest Republican lawmaker to fight a challenge from his right flank this year.

Timmons, who had Trump’s support, is expected to defeat the state representative. Adam Morgan, who had the support of several members of the House Freedom Caucus and the representative from Florida. Matt Gaetz.

In a primary largely focused on style over substance, Morgan and his allies argued that Timmons was unwilling to oppose party leaders, including McCarthy. Timmons highlighted his conservative record and other key endorsements, including from the governor of South Carolina. Henry McMaster, Speaker of the House Mike Johnson and conservative Representative from Georgia. Marjorie Taylor Greene.

Gaetz and other GOP hardliners have had limited success this cycle in supporting primary challenges to their colleagues. Republican representatives. Tony Gonzales of Texas and Don Bacon of Nebraska are among several House Republicans who have fended off challenges from their right this year.

Timmons was first elected in 2018, succeeding Republican Trey Gowdy in the upstate South Carolina seat, which includes Greenville and Spartanburg. In 2022, Timmons was accused of engaging in an extramarital affair, which he denied. He and his wife divorced the same year.

Timmons held a big advantage over Morgan in the money race, collecting more than $1.9 million through May 22, compared to his opponent’s $578,000. The outgoing president also was boosted by outside spending, including super PAC ads that portrayed him as a border tough guy and touted his support of McMaster.

This story has been updated with additional information.

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