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Mark Sanford’s help in congressional race ‘would have been nice,’ S.C. Republican says

November 28, 2018

It would have been nice if outgoing U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford helped Katie Arrington, a fellow Republican, secure complete victory in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District, S.C. Rep. Bill Taylor said Tuesday.

“But he chose not to,” Taylor said, speaking at the Aiken Republican Club’s monthly luncheon. “And unfortunately she’s not, you know, been elected.”

On Election Day, Democrat Joe Cunningham — now the newest Charleston-area congressman — edged out Arrington, who at one point received an endorsement from President Donald Trump.

Arrington beat Sanford in the Republican primary in June.

At that time, Trump bashed Sanford.

Trump took to Twitter June 12 to say Sanford had been “very unhelpful” in the “campaign” to make America great again. Sanford at times has been critical of the Trump administration.

Taylor on Tuesday, though, tempered the GOP loss with a personal prediction: Cunningham would likely only last one term in Congress.

“And that’ll be good, because we’ll go back to having the Charleston area, which is a little bluer than most, going back to the Republican side,” Taylor said.

Taylor said there was a “little blue surge” along the coast. Meanwhile, Aiken County voters overwhelmingly backed Republicans in the midterm elections and helped propel U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., to another term on the Hill.

Wilson represents South Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District.

Taylor — who said “a lot of circumstances” influenced the 1st Congressional District race — described Arrington as a good friend and former colleague during his speech. Arrington served in the Legislature.

Taylor represents S.C. House District 86.

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