Columbia, SC ( Associated Press) — U.S. Representative Nancy Messe GOP is raising its campaign coffers in an effort to oust challenger Katie Arrington In the closing days of the Republican primary race for South Carolina’s first district.
The freshman Mays has previously consistently topped the dollar contest in the Congressional District, which he won from Democrats back in 2020. Mace has taken in more than $4.1 million in contributions as of May 25, the pre-primary funding report deadline, and has $1.4 million in cash on hand.
According to federal filings, pre-primary receipts for Arrington, a former state legislator who sought the seat in 2018, totaled more than $909,000. More than half of that amount came through a personal loan of $525,000, and as of May 25, Arrington had $607,000.
As they vie for their party’s nomination, both women are presenting their case before voters who are either still considering which of them to choose, or those who are already voting. Preliminary voting in South Carolina has been underway through May 31, and more than 28,000 people in total have voted in the primary, according to state officials.
Election day is June 14.
Arrington, who went to work at the Defense Department after his 2018 loss, has largely portrayed himself as a “servant leader” loyal to former President Donald Trump, who is backing his current bid. Trump endorsed Mace in 2020, but turned sour after critical statements from the new congressman about Trump’s role in the Capitol violence. The former president campaigned for Arrington this spring and reiterated its support for the past month.
To start the only debate of the GOP primary, third candidate Linz Piper-Loomis also threw her support behind Arrington, snatched her microphone and skipped the debate phase, reducing the contest to a one-on-one match.
Additionally, Arrington is supported by Rick Grenell, who served as Trump’s ambassador to Germany. Breaking up with Mace, a member of his delegation, US Representative Joe Wilson has backed Arrington, whom he said would be “a tireless advocate for our veterans and the military”.
Along with groups including the National Rifle Association and the Club for Growth, Mays has the support of the former South Carolina government. Nikki Haley, who also served as Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, and helped Mace raise $300,000 during an event earlier this year. Mace is also supported by Mick Mulvaney, who served as Trump’s chief of staff, budget director, and special envoy to Northern Ireland, as well as GOP Congressmen including US House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and US House Minority Whip Steve Scalise. leader of.
A new television ad from Mace wonders whether voters “can count on Katie Arrington to keep America safe,” alluding to Arrington’s suspension of security clearance in the display of classified information during a Pentagon investigation.
Arrington has disputed the issue of Mace’s evacuation, arguing that he was politically targeted as a Trump supporter after President Joe Biden’s Democratic administration took over the Pentagon.
Another new location of a political action committee supporting Mace points to Arrington’s support of South Carolina’s 2017 gas tax overhaul—a stair-step increase aimed at repairing the state’s crumbling roads and bridges—a state During his single term as MP of
Arrington. a recent advertisement of Featured voters – in the form of customers – demanding a “refund” on their choice of mace because “he returned it” to Trump, among other attributes.
The winner of the GOP contest will face Dr. Annie Andrews in the general election.
With no primary opposition, Democrat Andrews has been able to continue to raise money—more than $920,000, with more than $568,000 as pre-primary federal filings—and let GOP contenders tussle with each other.
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