What you need to know: June 12 Virginia Primaries

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has the president's backing but faces challenges from four other candidates.

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., who clashes frequently with party leaders, responded to Trump's tweet with one of his own defending Sanford.

In South Carolina, voters were selecting Democratic and Republican nominees for the governorship.

For a Waldo County Senate seat, House Majority Leader Erin Herbig, D-Belfast, held a commanding lead over challenger Joseph Greenier of Stockton Springs and will likely face Republican Jayne Giles of Belfast for the seat current held by term-limited Senate President Mike Thibodeau of Winterport.

Primary contests also were being decided in a handful of local offices. With this one, we are over 700 in-house, 900 with mail-in and in-house voters.

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Sanford was able to survive a major scandal- famously disappearing from the state in 2009 when he was governor, claiming to have been hiking the Appalachian Trail, when in fact he was carrying on an extramarital affair in Argentina.

"I fully endorse Katie Arrington for Congress in SC, a state I love".

Polls close at 7 p.m. EDT in Virginia and SC. When he took office, Trump selected then-Gov. Nikki Haley to be ambassador to the United Nations. On Tuesday, Virginia GOP primary voters ended up nominating a former Trump official who has defended Confederate symbols, Corey Stewart, to challenge Kaine. Corey Stewart, a combative conservative who almost upset Ed Gillespie for the party's gubernatorial nomination previous year, was competing with state House of Delegates member Nick Freitas and pastor E.W. Jackson.

On health care, at least two of the Red to Blue hopefuls past their primaries call explicitly for single-payer health insurance, four more want a government-run public option, and several others generically call for expanded coverage under the Democrats' 2010 health insurance overhaul.

On the Republican side, Taylor easily defeated primary challenger Mary Jones, a former chairwoman of the James City County Board of Supervisors.

A former Navy commander has won the Democratic primary in coastal Virginia's congressional district.

The White House persuaded Tarkanian, a frequent candidate and son of a famed basketball coach in the state, to run for an open House contest instead.

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Rep. Mark Sanford is just the second incumbent to lose re-nomination this year.

The group advocates a more ambitious strategy of targeting dozens of districts where Clinton was competitive in 2016 but fell short, or where Democrats previously did well. The legislature in the past two years has made all judicial elections partisan, shrunk the Court of Appeals, cancelled a judicial primary election and dabbled in judicial redistricting. A different candidate could be more competitive in this swing seat, given Tarkanian's losing track record and more conservative credentials.

GOP Rep. Tom Garrett's late retirement decision opens up his more heavily Republican 5th District, which Democrats will have more trouble putting into play.

In the sprawling 2nd District where no Democrat has won since the district was created in 1980, Clinton Koble - an Obama-era appointee to the U.S. Agriculture Department who picked up labor endorsements- defeated five other candidates.

In Virginia's 10th Congressional District in the northern point of the commonwealth, moderate Democrat Jennifer Wexton coasted to victory in her primary race and will now face Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock in November. Nevada, North Dakota, Maine and Viriginia also chose candidates for the midterm election on November 6, when Democrats hope to capture a majority of the U.S. Congress.

Congresswoman Comstock is facing challenger Shak Hill. Representative democracy would be better served by a more inclusive regime that broadens the ideological spectrum, whether it's rank-choice voting or moving to a European-style parliamentary system or something else entirely.

Spanberger will face Brat, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, in November.

Dean Heller in what promises to be one of the most important races for the U.S. Senate.

Moulton was first elected in 2014, beating longtime incumbent John Tierney in the primary and Republican Richard Tisei in the general election.

"So far, the GOP primary has been a race to the right", said Eric Walker, spokesman for the state Democratic Party.

ME voters were the nation's first to use a new voting system in a statewide election letting them rank candidates by preference rather than choosing just one.

Republican businessman Shawn Moody has won the right to run to succeed Maine's Republican firebrand Gov. Paul LePage. More than 110 of those women have won their races, 30 of them in California alone. Stewart is a far-right provocateur who almost claimed the nomination for governor past year and has attracted controversy for his defense of Confederate statues.

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