Former President Donald Trump congratulated political candidates he backed in primary elections on Wednesday.
“Every single Trump-endorsed candidate won last night, by large margins, with the exception of one very long shot who did FAR better than expected against an incumbent,” Trump wrote on the social media platform Truth Social.
“The ‘Impeacher’ was ousted without even a runoff. A GREAT night!”
Trump backed 13 candidates in Tuesday’s Nevada and South Carolina primaries, including many who claimed the 2020 presidential election was rigged.
In South Carolina, state Rep. Russell Fry defeated Trump-backed Rep. Tom Rice in the state’s 7th Congressional District, while Rep. Nancy Mace defeated Trump-backed Katie Arrington in the state’s 1st Congressional District.
What an honor. What a win.
I’m exhausted in every single way but we put it all on the field. The fight continues to November, and then after that we take this country back! #AmericaFirst
— Rep. Russell Fry (@RussellFrySC) June 15, 2022
Trump referred to Arrington as a “long shot” who “ran a great race and way overperformed,” adding, “Congratulations to Nancy Mace, who should easily defeat her Democrat opponent!”
“The biggest news of the evening so far is that Russell Fry beat Impeach Master Tom Rice with a Vote of more than 51 percent, thus winning outright with no need for a run-off,” he wrote of Fry and Rice.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster won the GOP primary with 83 percent of the vote, followed by Attorney General Alan Wilson with 66 percent, Senate candidate William Timmons with 53 percent, and Sen. Tim Scott, as well as Reps. Joe Wilson and Jeff Duncan, who ran unopposed.
Congratulations to my friend @AdamLaxalt on securing the Republican Nomination for US Senate in Nevada!
— Alex Bruesewitz (@alexbruesewitz) June 15, 2022
In Nevada, Trump-backed Adam Laxalt received the Republican nomination for a key Senate seat, while Gov. Joe Lombardo received 38% of the vote.