In South Carolina’s 7th District GOP Congressional primary, Rep. Tom Rice, who voted to impeach Donald Trump, was beaten soundly by state Rep. Russell Fry, who was endorsed by Trump. Fox News’s Paul Steinhauser reports:
Fry crushed Rice by a two-to-one margin according to unofficial results and topped 50% to win outright and avoid a runoff election in two weeks.
Trump celebrated in a social media post on Truth Social, writing that “the biggest News of the evening so far is that Russell Fry beat Impeach Master Tom Rice with a Vote of more than 51%, therefore WINNING OUTRIGHT with no need for a run-off. Rice only got 24%. Congratulations to Russell on running a great campaign!”
While the former president was just one factor in Rice’s defeat, former South Carolina GOP chair Matt Moore told Fox News that Trump’s endorsement of Fry was a crucial moment that separated him from the other half-dozen rivals also challenging the incumbent.
“Donald Trump powered Russell Fry to victory. There was no doubt about it,” said Moore, who served as a senior adviser to the Fry campaign. “Russell had a great chance to beat Tom Rice but Donald Trump added rocket fuel to the Fry campaign and it took off.”
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