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After he winning back his old US House seat, he nurtured an independent streak, rapidly tiring of Trump's brash leadership style and reportedly branding the president's imposition of steel and aluminium tariffs "an experiment with stupidity".

Sanford is in a tight race for the Republican nomination in South Carolina's 1st District on Tuesday. Sanford, who was married, fell in love with an Argentinian woman, Maria Belen Chapur, and went to visit her after telling his staff that he would be "hiking the Appalachian trail". Nevada, North Dakota, Maine and Virginia also chose candidates for the midterm election on November 6, when Democrats hope to capture a majority of the U.S. Congress.

And in Virginia's 10th Congressional District, state Sen.

Felkel said had Trump not been president, Sanford likely would have won re-election. Arrington has built her campaign on her allegiance to Trump, tying Sanford to the #NeverTrump movement. When he did not receive an invitation to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, he is said to have made his displeasure widely known ... thus infuriating the president. "Sanford's performances in the past have been weak", Kondik said, "Very rarely do House members lose re-nomination and Sanford but a logical candidate given his opposition to Trump and his general weakness with the electorate".

The senior White House official said Trump typically has a meeting each week, during which his political team presents him with updates on the electoral landscape for Republicans. Later, Sanford admitted he was involved in an extramarital affair in Argentina.

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Sanford was defeated by state Rep. Katie Arrington, who spent her campaign blasting Sanford as a "Never Trumper". Tweeting hours before the polls were set to close in South Carolina, President Trump lambasted Sanford, calling his record into question both professionally and personally.

That's part of a larger dynamic playing out in congressional races across the country, Sanford said.

In Maine, some uncertainty surrounded a contest among candidates to replace outgoing Republican Governor Paul LePage, who said he might not certify election results because he opposes a new voting format. The president called Sanford "nothing but trouble" and added "He is better off in Argentina".

Nationwide, Democrats are hopeful a "blue wave" of Democratic challengers can upend Republican incumbents in November.

Democrats, with just 16 of the nation's governorships, view the seat as one of their top pickup opportunities.

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Corker, the Republican senator from Tennessee who seems to feel more liberated because of his retirement, complained bitterly Tuesday when GOP leadership blocked consideration of an amendment he introduced that would let Congress overturn some of the president's latest protectionist moves. She is tough on crime and will continue our fight to lower taxes.

On the Democratic side, voters also face a choice between political experience and newcomer perspective.

Several candidates ran in the primaries to represent their party in the race for governor, which will be open after Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval steps down because of term limits.

In South Carolina, Republican Gov. Henry McMaster - an early and vocal supporter of Trump who replaced former Gov. Nikki Haley - faces challenges from Haley administration veteran Catherine Templeton, businessman John Warren and others. Steven Horsford, a former House member, won the Democratic nomination for the 4th District.

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Mr Trump also used language often employed by North Korea to describe those exercises, calling them "provocative" and "war games". It would be good for the world if the president is right when he tweets, "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea ".