Mace defeats Cunningham in SC, flipping seat back to GOP

Mace defeats Cunningham in SC, flipping seat back to GOP
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South Carolina state Rep. Nancy MaceNancy MaceLawmakers making Instagram appearance before Free Britney rally at Capitol GOP seeks to keep spotlight on Afghanistan as Dems advance Biden's .5T spending plan At least 90,000 students have had to quarantine because of COVID-19 so far this school year MORE (R) is projected to unseat Rep. Joe CunninghamJoseph Cunningham'Blue wave' Democrats eye comebacks after losing reelection Top cyber Pentagon official overseeing defense contractor project placed on leave Joe Cunningham to enter race for South Carolina governor MORE (D-S.C.) in the state’s 1st Congressional District.

The Associated Press called the race at 2:04 a.m. EST.

Mace’s victory returns the district to GOP control after Cunningham became the first Democrat since 1981 to win it in 2018. Numerous national Republicans endorsed her bid, including President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE, second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceMcCarthy, Ducey speak at Pence fundraiser: report Jill Biden takes starring role at difficult Olympics Pence refused to leave Capitol during riot: book MORE and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems attempt to tie government funding, Ida relief to debt limit Poll: Trump dominates 2024 Republican primary field Harris to hold fundraiser for McAuliffe ahead of Virginia governor's race MORE, who also served as U.N. ambassador under Trump.

Mace, who was elected to the state legislature in a 2018 special election, was the first woman to graduate from The Citadel’s Corps of Cadets.

Before her election, Mace worked as Trump’s 2016 campaign’s South Carolina field director and coalitions director. She also mounted an unsuccessful primary challenge to Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump pushes back on book claims, says he spent 'virtually no time' discussing election with Lee, Graham The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden meets with lawmakers amid domestic agenda panic MORE (R-S.C.) in 2014, winning 6.2 percent of the vote.