According to the projections of many election analysts, South Carolina state Representative Russell Fry cruised to an easy victory against incumbent Republican South Carolina Representative Tom Rice in the state’s 7th Congressional District GOP primary on Tuesday.
Rice, on the other hand, only managed to receive around 25 percent of the vote, which was not enough for her to win the primary outright and become the GOP nominee without having to go through a runoff election. Fry, on the other hand, earned just over the margin of votes needed to win the primary outright and become the GOP nominee without having to go through a runoff election.
Rice earned the ire of the previous president, Donald Trump, when she voted to impeach him in response to the incident that took place on January 6 at the Capitol. According to NBC News, Trump has been very critical of Rice, even going so far as to name him a “backstabbing RINO” for his vote.
According to NBC News, Trump endorsed Fry in February and asked voters on Tuesday, the day that the former president was 76 years old, to give him “a beautiful, beautiful birthday present” by removing Rice from office. Rice’s birthday was on Tuesday. In addition to this, he urged the people of South Carolina to vote out his colleague state representative, Nancy Mace.
According to NBC News, Rice has maintained his stance that he did the “right thing” by voting to impeach, stating that he did so regardless of whether or not he won his primary.
Rice faced a greater risk of losing the primary election compared to Mace, who did not vote to impeach President Trump but continued to criticise him after the violence in the Capitol. This information was provided by experts to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
According to a poll conducted by the Trafalgar Group between May 26 and May 29, Fry held a 17-point lead over Rice. The sample size for the survey was 572 people who were likely to vote in the Republican primary, and the margin of error was 4%.
Rice’s only major endorsements came from a Republican representative who is opposed to Trump named Liz Cheney, a former Republican house speaker named Paul Ryan, and a former Republican governor of New Jersey named Chris Christie. Fry, on the other hand, amassed a number of endorsements from state representatives.
Prior to the election, an electoral analyst named Lakshya Jain, who writes for Split Ticket, gave an interview to TheDCNF in which she stated, “The point is, everyone is lining up behind Russell Fry.”
Rice stated the following in an interview she gave to Politico on Saturday: “He’s purging. He’s purging. He’s trying to set the Republican Party up as a bunch of yes-men loyalists,” along with this he also stated “Think about that. That’s scary.”
The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on WND.