Watch: What Does Nancy Mace's Victory Mean For Trump?

By Charles Susswein | Thursday, 16 June 2022 12:00
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Five-term Rep. Tom Rice has lost the Republican primary to represent South Carolina in the U.S. House to state Rep. Russell Fry, who was backed by former President Donald Trump, while Rep. Nancy Mace fended off her own Trump-supported primary challenger.

Rice admitted to Fry Tuesday, Fox News has discovered, while Fry was 25 points ahead and with over 51% of the vote to Rice’s 24% when the Associated Press called the race.

PRice was one of only ten House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump on charges that he fed the deadly January 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol led by Right-wing extremists and other Trump backers seeking to disrupt congressional certification of now-President Biden’s Electoral College victory in the 2020 election.

Mace defeated her Trump-supported foe, Kate Arrington, in the GOP primary after earning the former President's ire for denouncing his part in the January 6, 2021 riots.

Mace was ahead of Arrington 53% to 45% when the Associated Press called the race.

Rice, a self-described “Chamber of Commerce” Republican, has leaned into his impeachment vote as he’s faced off half a dozen primary challengers.

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“Republicans are supposed to protect the Constitution. We take an oath to protect the Constitution, not a man,” Rice stressed in an interview with Fox News Digital on the eve of the primary. “And so what I did was take a conservative vote. If you want a conservative, I’m the guy.”

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Fry said to Fox News he wouldn’t be challenging Rice if the congressman hadn’t voted for impeachment, continuing, “I think the impeachment is the big elephant in the room, and the voters are incredibly frustrated by that.”

The solidly red district, which covers the northeast corner of South Carolina and includes the Myrtle Beach metropolitan area, known as the Grand Strand, and the interior Pee Dee region, is Trump nation.

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In the First Congressional District — a key general election swing seat that contains much of coastal South Carolina, including the fast-growing suburbs surrounding the city of Charleston — first-term Mace met a single primary challenge from former state lawmaker Arrington, who was supported by Trump.

Mace was one of the earliest followers of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Though Mace didn’t vote to impeach, she did publicly criticize Trump after the storming of the Capitol, stating he “put all of our lives at risk.”.

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Even though Trump’s targeting her, Mace is spotlighting her MAGA credentials.

“I’m the only candidate in this race that supports America First policies. We have a lot that we can agree on as Americans, as Conservatives, as Republicans, no matter what brand of Republican you are in our country. I put our country first,” Mace said to Fox News.

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