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 MaceCheney tests Trump grip on GOP post-presidency Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman escorts Kamala Harris to inauguration Lawmakers introduce bill to award Capitol Police officer Congressional Gold Medal MORE (R) is projected to unseat Rep. Joe CunninghamJoseph CunninghamWe lost in November — we're proud we didn't take corporate PAC money Chamber of Commerce slams GOP effort to challenge Biden's win Coalition of 7 conservative House Republicans says they won't challenge election results 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 TrumpMore than two-thirds of Americans approve of Biden's coronavirus response: poll Sarah Huckabee Sanders to run for governor Mexico's president tests positive for COVID-19 MORE, second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceHarris move into vice president's residence delayed Trump extended Secret Service protection for family members in final days in office: report Harris, Emhoff bid Pences farewell from Capitol steps MORE and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyTrump selects South Carolina lawyer for impeachment trial Can we protect our country — from our rulers, and ourselves? In calling out Trump, Nikki Haley warns of a more sinister threat 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 GrahamSenators spar over validity of Trump impeachment trial Trump selects South Carolina lawyer for impeachment trial Democrats formally elect Harrison as new DNC chair MORE (R-S.C.) in 2014, winning 6.2 percent of the vote.