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Reporter's Notebook: What Mark Sanford's loss tells us about Trump's political muscle in the midterm elections

Reporter's Notebook: What Mark Sanford's loss tells us about Trump's political muscle in the midterm elections

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

For instance, Mr. Trump personally persuaded Danny Tarkanian - the son of legendary UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian - to forgo his primary challenge against Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., and run for the House instead.

Las Vegas casinos and hotels dimmed their lights on the Strip when Jerry Tarkanian died in 2015.

This comes amid Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., telling colleague Anne Ball that “President Trump is one of if not the most popular presidents with Republicans in history.” Collins said, “If you’re not on the same page as the president and 85 to 90 percent of your base is, you can see where that can cause a problem.”

The Tennessee Republican excoriated fellow GOP senators on the floor over trade.

Source: www.foxnews.com
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