Trump influence faces tests in Tuesday primaries

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev.

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev.

President Trump’s influence in the Republican Party is being tested in Tuesday primaries, particularly in South Carolina. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, an early Trump supporter, will rely on voters who are pleased with the president’s policies to help him beat four challengers as he faces questions over ties to corruption in the state government. Rep. Mark Sanford (R), a Trump critic and a former governor who has never lost an election, is facing a competitive Republican primary against Katie Arrington, a state representative presenting herself as a staunch Trump ally. Primaries also are being held in Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, and Virginia. GOP voters will pick a challenger for Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota, a state Trump won by more than 30 points.

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