Nancy Mays predicts ‘double-digit’ victory over Trump-backed primary GOP rival Katie Arrington in SC

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Somerville, South Carolina – Republican Rep. South Carolina’s Nancy Mays says she’s confident she won’t become the first incumbent to be ousted by a major rival backed by former President Donald Trump.

“We’re going to win double digits, that’s what it all looks like,” Mays predicted in an interview with Fox News.

Mays, the new Representative in South Carolina’s first congressional district — a key swing seat — faces a primary challenge from Katie Arrington, the Trump-backed former state lawmaker who has remained the state’s most popular and influential politician after being kept out of the White House for nearly 17 months. in the Republican Party.

“I feel cautious optimism. Of course, the only poll that matters is Election Day,” Maes warned in a campaign interview Sunday with the former ambassador and former South Carolina governor. Nikki Haley.

Former Ambassador to the United Nations and Governor of South Carolina. Nikki Haley leads a campaign event for Republican Representative. Nancy Mays in Summerville, South Carolina on June 12, 2022
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But then she said, “We have overwhelming support…we’re finally heading here.”

Mace was an early supporter of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. She was not one of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach the then-president nearly a year and a half ago for fueling the deadly January 11th events. 6, 2021, the storming of the US Capitol by right-wing extremists and other Trump supporters who disrupted congressional endorsement of Biden’s 2020 election victory. But Mays said publicly that Trump’s rhetoric leading to the storming of the Capitol “endangered our entire lives.”

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And last October, Maes was the only South Carolina Republican to join Congressional Democrats in voting to hold Steve Bannon, a former White House aide to Trump, in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena issued by the House Select Committee to investigate the riots. In the Capitol Building.

Trump endorsed Arrington when she launched an initial challenge in February, praising Arrington and mocking Mace at a rally in South Carolina in March. A TV ad in Arrington uses a clip of Trump from the rally accusing Mays of being a “terrible person” and “having no idea what you’re doing.” And on Tuesday, he shot Mace again in a crowd remotely in favor of Arrington.

Arrington told Fox News that Trump “has upended the Republican Party right now. He represents the hope that there will be a better tomorrow… We in this region want someone who represents the three core values. We believe in faith, family, and freedom.”

“That’s why Donald Trump endorsed me, and that’s why this department will endorse me on June 14 at the ballot box,” she predicted.

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Arrington was interviewed as she and dozens of volunteers gathered at her home in Summerville, South Carolina, calling on voters to seek support in the final hours of the primary campaign.

The First Congressional District, which includes much of coastal South Carolina including the rapidly growing suburbs surrounding Charleston, has been represented for most of the past decade by the former Republican governor. Mark Sanford, who has been a vocal critic of Trump.

Arrington, with Trump’s support, challenged and defeated Sanford in the 2018 GOP primary. But she lost the general election by a very slim margin to Democrat Joe Cunningham, during an extremely difficult election cycle for the Republican Party. Two years later, in 2020, Mace narrowly beat Cunningham as the Republican Party flipped the back seat from blue to red.

“My opponent is the one who lost his seat to a Democrat for the first time in 40 years in 2018,” Mays told Fox News.

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Speaking to supporters at Halls Chophouse in Summerville, she highlighted, “Reclaiming the majority in this country is going through swing districts – swing districts like the first congressional district. If we had a Republican majority in November to reverse what Joe Biden does what I did to our country in a year and a half.” We have to win this area.”

“And that means we have to nominate someone who knows how to win and I am the only woman in this race on this ballot, who knows how to win our first congressional district,” she highlighted the incumbent as she took a big hit in Arrington.

Hailey stands by Mace and Advance, who won the election and was re-elected governor of South Carolina before serving as ambassador to the United Nations during the Trump administration. But Haley and Trump are at odds in this high-profile partisan standoff over the Republican Party.

“Nancy Mays is as hard as nails. It’s all about it [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi, “It’s not easy,” Hailey told the crowd.

Hayley highlighted that, “You may not agree with 100% of everything you do, but she’s fighting for you every single day and every time whether it’s the Republican establishment, whether it’s the Republican resistance, anyone who thinks you put Nancy in a box, they’re wrong. Because in Ultimately, the only fund you care about is your first congressional district, and you’ve never forgotten who you work for.”

Former Ambassador to the United Nations and Governor of South Carolina.  Nikki Haley leads a campaign event for Republican Representative.  Nancy Mays in Summerville, South Carolina on June 12, 2022

Former Ambassador to the United Nations and Governor of South Carolina. Nikki Haley leads a campaign event for Republican Representative. Nancy Mays in Summerville, South Carolina on June 12, 2022
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While she was subjected to incoming verbal attacks from the former president for months, Mace did not respond with fire.

Mace, in a video she recorded in February in front of Trump Tower in New York City and posted on social media, highlighted her support for the former president. And in an interview with Fox Digital in April, the most important thing the actor said about Trump was, “I think he received bad advice and that’s a problem.”

On Sunday, Mays highlighted “I am the only candidate in this race who supports the policies of America First. We have a lot we can agree on as Americans, as conservatives, as Republicans, no matter what kind of Republican you are in our country. I put our country first.”

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Mace and two of her outside backing groups were able to spend more than Arrington to run campaign commercials in the final weeks leading up to the primaries, targeting Mace Arrington’s ads on national security and taxation.

Mays pegged her conservative credentials while attacking Arrington, arguing that “I have a great record as a conservative. I have a perfect conservative report card with almost every conservative group. I scored my opponent 30 points when she was a state legislator, and the last time I checked was a fail.”

Arrington replied that Mace “isn’t conservative. That’s why I run. She has turned her back on us in the district. She has turned her back on Donald J. Trump. And that’s why I’m running in this district for a true conservative – someone who will stand up for the values ​​we Americans care about.” The hard-working, the forgotten folk.”

Republican congressional candidate Katie Arrington, who is challenging the primary.  Nancy Mays in the first congressional district in the South Carolina primary on Tuesday, speaks with Fox News in Summerville, South Carolina on June 12, 2022

Republican congressional candidate Katie Arrington, who is challenging the primary. Nancy Mays in the first congressional district in the South Carolina primary on Tuesday, speaks with Fox News in Summerville, South Carolina on June 12, 2022
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The latest public opinion poll in the race indicated that Mace is ahead in single digits, but an internal poll by Mace’s campaign suggests she is ahead in the double digits and more than the 50% needed to avoid a runoff election later in June.

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Asked how to bridge the gap, Arrington pointed to a group of volunteers right behind her, phone banking to make sure supporters get to the polls.

“These guys, they’re from the grassroots,” Arrington said. “Inside the house now I have about 30 volunteers. This crowd was here. This campaign is about people. We are the people. It’s totally a grassroots campaign. I mean, I have people there calling right now. I’ve been calling most of the day.” We went out, knocked on the door. “

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