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Facing a Trump-Backed Enemy, SC’s Tom Rice Adds to the Chest of War

US Representative Tom Rice South Carolina brought in nearly $342,000 during the first quarter of this year, giving the Republican a $2 million war chest as he tries to ward off several primary challengers, including one backing former President Donald Trump.

Overall, Rice has raised $1.6 million this campaign cycle and has a total of $2 million on hand, according to data provided Thursday to The Associated Press.

Seeking his sixth term, Rice is one of two Republican Republicans from South Carolina facing Trump-backed challengers in the June 14 primary. Last week, US Representative Nancy Mace told the Associated Press that it had raised nearly $1 million in weeks after backing Trump’s former state representative, Katie Arrington, One of Mace’s GOP challengers.

In the 7th District, Trump endorses State Representative Russell Fry Against Rice, who despised the former president To support his second impeachment in the aftermath of the violent January 6, 2021, rebellion ignited by the then-president. That vote, Rice told the Associated Press a day later, “hurts my heart” to cast.

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A longtime trusted supporter of Trump who campaigned with him, Rice voted 94% in favor of the Trump-backed legislation, according to FiveThirtyEight—the highest percentage among South Carolina’s delegation at the time. But Rice said he decided to support impeachment After seeing his characterization as Trump’s passivity during the riots.

Since then, Republicans have declared their displeasure against Rice, who has represented the 7th district since its creation in 2012. The South Carolina GOP formally condemned him. To show disapproval of his vote, a move by party committees across the country to punish many of the 10 House Republicans who supported Trump’s impeachment.

Earlier this year, Rice told the Associated Press in an interview that he stood by his vote, which he said is rarely mentioned when he meets with constituents and voters.

“What he’s saying is that violence in the name of politics is okay, and I don’t believe in political violence,” Rice said of Trump’s comments on Jan. “I think when the president continues to talk like this. His influence is going to diminish.”

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In March, Trump held a campaign rally in South Carolina From Arrington & Fry.

Trump said, “You currently have two tyrannical RINOs, they are bad guys who went to Washington in the House, sold you, and partnered with the Democrats to stab the Republican Party and stab our country in the back.” Gave it,” Trump said. Of Mace and Rice, using the acronym for “Republican in name only”.

No one respects him, Trump said of Rice, who he called “a disaster” who “laughs in Washington.”

Mace, Trump said, is “crazy” and “a terrible person” who “has no idea what he’s doing,” smacked loudly from the crowd.

According to Rice’s campaign, much of Rice’s first quarter — $315,700, or 92% — came after Trump endorsed Fry on Feb.

Fry hasn’t released its first quarter figures. By the end of last year, they had raised a total of $351,000, according to federal records.


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