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Republican-engineered boundaries in some of those states are responsible for much of the party's numerical advantage in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to the Brennan Center. Here are the night's winners and losers. Tim Kaine, who does not have a primary opponent.

The Argentina thing is a reference to the affair Sanford carried out while governor in 2009, when he went missing for about a week and was discovered to be spending time in Argentina with a woman who wasn't his wife. He will face a rematch with GOP Rep. Ralph Norman, who defeated Parnell by 3 percentage points in a special election past year to replace Mick Mulvaney, who was appointed to direct the Office of Management and Budget. McMaster has backing from the NRA, SC Citizens for Life and President Donald Trump, who tweeted support on Saturday, calling him "a special guy".

"We are the party of President Donald J. Trump", Arrington said to her backers. Trump repaid that loyalty over the weekend with a tweet lavishing praise on McMaster.

The big takeaway from Sanford's loss is this: Republican lawmakers who speak out against Trump risk losing their jobs. Williams will challenge Rep. Robert Wittman, R-Westmoreland. Twice, they said yes. Voters approved it again. This experiment in democracy isn't going away anytime soon, no matter how people in power may feel about it. As The New York Times recently pointed out, women running for governor haven't gotten the same boost as female federal candidates this year. But in the states most crucial to the party's future, they face grim odds, a Reuters analysis of election data has found. The most crowded is the Democratic race for the 10th District in northern Virginia. The victor will likely face Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock - considered one of the most vulnerable incumbents in Congress - in one of the most closely watched races in the country. There are two open races for governor, a sitting governor facing primary challengers and a handful of House seats that, come November, Democrats think they've got a chance to take - just as long as they get the right candidate Tuesday.

And Mac Schneider will represent the Democratic Party after running unopposed in the primary, while Kelly Armstrong will represent the Republicans after winning 56.3 percent.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is term-limited, opening up his seat for the 2018 election to a crowded field. He led the GOP primary with half the vote tallied.

Afghanistan veteran and longtime state Rep. James Smith is the front-runner, spending 22 years in the South Carolina House before stepping aside for a run for governor.

Of the states reviewed, only Minnesota has enough Clinton-won Republican districts to flip a legislative chamber if they all went for Democrats in November.

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Democratic women also won their party's nominations in several key Virginia congressional contests critical to their party's hopes of retaking the House, continuing a trend this midterm cycle.

Sanford has been a harsh critic of Trump, who endorsed Arrington.

Earlier in the day, Trump frenemy Sen. The Republican Party may be Trump's party, but a number of Republicans aren't happy about it.

Wexton has not called for a single-payer, government-run health insurance system, as some Democratic House primary winners in California, Nebraska and Pennsylvania have.

U.S. Rep. Tom Rice easily won the Republican nomination as he seeks a fourth term, beating Larry Guy Hammond of Myrtle Beach in the 7th District that runs from Florence to Myrtle Beach.

The Republican won a surprisingly close special election previous year by 3 percentage points in the district which covers 11 counties from Spartanburg to Sumter and is anchored by the suburbs of Charlotte, North Carolina. Republicans will most likely pick Rep. Kevin Cramer, the state's sole representative in Congress, to challenge incumbent Sen.

While Republicans held on to an open assembly near Madison that was also on Tuesday's ballot, the defeat was a major rebuke to Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Last week's Alabama primary saw another GOP incumbent, Rep. Martha Roby, forced into a runoff because of her opposition to the president.

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