5 takeaways from Tuesday's elections in South Carolina, Nevada, Texas, Maine and North Dakota
Former President Donald Trump speaks on May 28, 2022 in Casper, Wyoming.
The rally is being held to support Harriet Hageman, Rep. Liz Cheneys primary challenger in Wyoming.
(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)CNN —South Carolina voters delivered the vengeance that Donald Trump had sought as they ousted Rep. Tom Rice, one of the 10 House Republicans who had voted to impeach the former President, in a primary Tuesday.
But in a district south of Rice’s, another one-time Trump critic, Rep. Nancy Mace, narrowly survived another challenge from a Trump-endorsed rival.
The races at once showed the difficulty of surviving in a GOP still dominated by Trump without embracing his grievances.
Meanwhile, in Nevada, Republicans chose a vocal supporter of Trump’s lies about election fraud as their nominee to become the state’s top elections official.
Here are five takeaways from Tuesday’s races:Trump topples another intra-party critic in South Carolina House primaryThe former President settled another political score in South Carolina, as Trump-endorsed state Rep. Russell Fry handily defeated Rep. Tom Rice in a Republican primary in Pee Dee.
One key difference between the South Carolina Republican who lost a House primary Tuesday and the one who survived: Rice voted to impeach Trump; Mace did not.
But Mace had high-profile cover in South Carolina, too, with former Gov.
Mace, in winning Tuesday’s primary, joins a small group of Republicans who have survived Trump’s efforts at revenge.
Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger both defeated Trump-backed incumbents in last month’s primary.
But Trump won the district in 2020, giving Republicans hope that they can win the New England seat again in November.