With much of the vote counted, state Rep. Katie Arrington was on the cusp of winning outright. The chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, who was sacked from the Trump campaign, was the frontrunner, but his win over state Delegate Nick Freitas still upset more moderate Republicans.
"It's the tyranny of small numbers", Galen added. He led the GOP primary with half the vote tallied. General elections will be held on Tuesday, November 6.
Democrats need to pick up 23 seats in the House and two seats in the Senate in the November 6 elections to regain control of those chambers, allowing them to block Trump's agenda and possibly launch investigations or even impeachment of the president.
Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap said the election results would be binding anyway, the Portland Press Herald said.
Today, three hours before the polls closed, President Trump came out against Sanford, calling him "nothing but trouble". It's nearly certain to make other Republicans even more reluctant to take him on, even as Trump has stirs division on trade, foreign policy and the Russian Federation investigation. "There's a Trump Party".
But Trump says Rep. Katie Arrington "was such a good candidate, and Sanford was so bad, I had to give it a shot".
"It's becoming a cultish thing, isn't it?"
The president and his political team have wrestled with just how involved he should get in Republican primaries.
So Republicans will continue to stay silent, rather than challenge Trump - an impulse that, while based on self-preservation, undermines their basic values and their norms.
Now Sanford will join Corker and Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, another GOP Trump critic, in retirement.
Trump's quick Twitter finger and his habit of launching highly personal attacks against lawmakers of either party has only enhanced his stature among his core supporters.
In Alabama last week, Republican U.S. Representative Roby was forced into a runoff by voters angered that she dropped her support for Trump during the 2016 campaign after the "Access Hollywood" video surfaced showing him bragging about assaulting women.
Voters on Tuesday decided state Rep. Katie Arrington would be the Republican candidate in the coastal 1st District. In Virginia, Democrats nominated women in six of the seven U.S. House districts now in Republican hands, including four that will figure prominently in this fall's broader battle for control of the House.
In the state's Second Congressional District, which includes the Hampton Roads region, Democrat Elaine Luria was the declared victor over rival Karen Mallard with 95 percent of the vote tallied.
Meanwhile, longtime state Rep. James Smith has won the Democratic seat. "Smith would raise taxes, crush job-growth through crippling regulations, and impose big government programs that would bankrupt the state".
Sanford would be the second incumbent House Republican to lose a primary this year. But Haddon also said that she found the first-time candidate trustworthy, noting that she had wanted to back Templeton, the only female Republican gubernatorial candidate, but was turned off by her ability to go negative.
That's in part due to Virginia's changing demographics, particularly the northern part of the state becoming more dense, more diverse and more progressive.