Reporter’s Notebook: What Sanford Mark’s loss tells us about Trump’s political muscles in midterm elections

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Mark Sanford loses the primary trump card-the approved Katie Arrington

Trump the critics and the established Republicans, South Carolina REP. Mark Sanford ousted in the primary by state Rep. Katie Arrington.

A couple of observations about the loss of Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S. C., the GOP challenger, Katie Arrington in the primary last night.

Arrington victory reflective of the President’s political clout heading into the midterm elections?

Maybe. Midterm elections are often a demonstration of what the country thinks of the President. But Tuesday night was not a midterm elections. It was a primary. In fact, it was a primary school in a very red state is very supportive of President Trump. Primaries and special elections are all about turnout, and attracts people to the polls.

In many ways, Sanford was caught flat-footed by his Challenger. Arrington came out swinging with a pro-trump ads. Sanford then had to go on the defensive to counter-punch.

Note that the President did not tweet support for Arrington until late in the day yesterday. By this point, the people were busy either in the Sanford-Arrington, or not tilt. The dice was thrown.

So, the President exercises influence from South Carolina. This tells us a lot about the primaries. But not the intermediate examination in the autumn.

Perhaps a better test of President Trump’s political acumen falls in a battleground state like Nevada. For example, Mr. Trump personally, Danny Tarkanian – the son of the legendary UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian convinced his primary challenge against Sen., Dean Heller, R-Nev., and instead of running to the house. The Tarkanian name is legend in the silver state thanks to the success on the pitch with the oldest Tarkanian. But the son has failed to capital on his father’s fame, otherwise, in the case of several house and Senate offerings over the years.

That’s a lot of in Nevada says.

Las Vegas casinos and hotels, you can dim your lights on the Strip when Jerry Tarkanian passed away in the year 2015. It is an honor reserved in the rule, the then the President, and Vegas divorce-icons like Dean Martin and Elvis Presley. However, to translate the younger Tarkanian, fights, in political success.

That is to say, Tarkanian defeated almost Rep. Jacky rose, D-Nev., for her seat in 2016. None of the candidates for the 50-percent threshold. Mr Trump wore the constituency by a single point. But Hillary Clinton won Nevada’s six electoral vote, edging the President by two-and-a-half points. That’s why Nevada is a true swing state. A good benchmark for the President’s political juice in Nevada.

Interesting Tarkanian, not to mention the President in a statement, touting win his primary. However, Tarkanian has playbook rip a page out of Mr. Trump’s. Tarkanian, faces Democrat Susie Lee in November to succeed, roses… running for the Senate. Tarkanian immediately bequeathed to Lee with a nickname, ala the President: “Socialist Susie.”

Unclear state like Nevada is, whether this tactic works in a swing.

This comes under Rep. Chris Collins, R-NY, told Mrs Anne Ball, of the “President Trump is one of the, if not the most popular President with the Republicans in history.” Collins said, “If you are not on the same page as the President, and 85 to 90 percent of your base, you can see where this can cause a problem.”

Another barometer to see value moves to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker. The Tennessee Republican excoriated fellow GOP senators on the floor about the trade. Corker is pissed off because the Republican senators complain about the President the imposition of duties on the grounds of national security. But the GOP leadership blocked Corker and provides a change in Congressional oversight when a President calls the “national security” for the rates, as Mr. Trump has with Canada.

“Ready, fire, aim! Ready, fire, aim!” thundered Corker about what he is of the opinion that a slapdash trade policy by the trombone administration.

Corker chided colleagues senators for their subservience to the President, although the most publicly fretted that the rates of the wound the nation is economically.

“We could poke the bear,” chastised Corker. “We can’t do that, because we are upsetting the President of the United States! The President of the United States! I can’t believe it!”

Whether the legislature join start energetic Corker and urge the President to the trade or to remain more reserved, could be another way to measure, Mr. Trump’s political power this fall.

Fox News’ Anne Ball contributed to this report.

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