Dem Joe Cunningham turns Sanford open seat blue in South Carolina

Dem Joe Cunningham turns Sanford open seat blue in South Carolina
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Democrat Joe Cunningham is projected win his bid to represent South Carolina’s 1st district, defeating a candidate closely aligned with President TrumpDonald John TrumpPaul Ryan defends Navy admiral after Trump's criticism Trump discussing visit overseas to troops following criticism: report Retired Army General: Trump is ‘acting like an 8th grader’ in attacking ex-Navy SEAL who led bin Laden operation MORE and shifting a ruby red coastal district into Democratic hands for the first time in decades.

Cunningham, a former ocean engineer turned lawyer, defeated Republican state Rep. Katie Arrington. The seat opened up this year after Arrington toppled Rep. Mark SanfordMarshall (Mark) Clement SanfordSouth Carolina New Members 2019 Mark Sanford: 'I hope' Trump is a 'temporary blip on the radar screen' Dem Joe Cunningham turns Sanford open seat blue in South Carolina MORE, an outspoken Trump critic and member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, in the GOP primary.

While Trump carried the Charleston-area district by about 12 points in 2016, Arrington – who ran on a pro-Trump platform – had failed to pull away from Cunningham in the general election.

Cunningham, 36, raised more money than Arrington and picked up endorsements from a number of Republican mayors in the state. He is opposed to offshore drilling and seismic testing.