South Carolina, Nevada, and other crucial elections in 2022
CBS News projects Russell Fry will win the 7th District Republican primary, defeating incumbent Rep. Tom Rice, who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, in one of the most closely watched races in South Carolina.
The primaries on Tuesday will set up some of the most expensive general election matchups in the fall.
Rice recently told Politico that his impeachment vote was “one of the worst things, if not the worst, that a president has ever done in terms of attacking the Constitution and separation of powers.”
Trump supported Fry in the race. On Tuesday night, the former president issued a celebratory statement, calling Fry’s victory the “biggest News of the evening so far is that Russell Fry beat Impeach Master Tom Rice with a Vote of more than 51 percent, thus WINNING OUTRIGHT with no need for a run-off.”
Fry called it a “huge night for Republicans” on Tuesday night and thanked Trump for his support.
According to CBS News, Rep. Nancy Mace has won the Republican primary in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District. Mace, a freshman Republican who flipped South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District from blue to red, defeated Trump-backed former state Rep. Katie Arrington, the GOP nominee for this district in 2018 who was defeated by Democrat Joe Cunningham.
Republicans are hoping that the victory on Tuesday will give them an advantage in flipping the district in November, where Flores will face Democratic Rep. Vicente Gonzalez.
Although the district lines in November will be more Democratic than in the special election, the victory comes as Republicans continue to invest in outreach to Hispanic voters in this region and across the country on issues such as the economy and immigration.
Flores and Republican groups spent nearly $1 million on ads for the special election, while national Democratic groups put only a fraction of their resources into the race.