Morning Jolt: A Split Night for Trump

On the menu today: Two South Carolina primaries don't give much clarity about Trump's sway on the right, a Texas special election features a significant Republican upset, and Caterpillar moves its headquarters from Illinois to Texas.

The South Carolina Results

In yesterday's Jolt, I gave a preview of a few primary elections taking place on Tuesday, including two in South Carolina that featured Trump endorsements. In South Carolina's first and seventh districts, upstart challengers backed by Trump were challenging incumbent Republicans who had crossed the former president.

One of those incumbent representatives, Tom Rice, lost his seat decisively. State lawmaker Russell Fry, whom Trump endorsed, raked in more than 50 percent of the vote in the state's seventh district to Rice's mere 24.5 percent. For Rice, the writing did already seem to be on the wall — and Fry performed even better last night than the most recent polls had suggested he might. The Rice campaign, knowing it was in for a stiff fight, was essentially hoping to make it to a runoff rather than win outright, but even that didn't happen.

Are we to draw from this the ...

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A Split Night for Trump

On the menu today: Two South Carolina primaries don't give much clarity about Trump's sway on the right, a Texas special election features a significant Republican upset, and Caterpillar moves its headquarters from Illinois to Texas.

The South Carolina Results

In yesterday's Jolt, I gave a preview of a few primary elections taking place on Tuesday, including two in South Carolina that featured Trump endorsements. In South Carolina's first and seventh districts, upstart challengers backed by Trump were challenging incumbent Republicans who had crossed the former president.

One of those incumbent representatives, Tom Rice, lost his seat decisively. State lawmaker Russell Fry, whom Trump endorsed, raked in more than 50 percent of the vote in the state's seventh district to Rice's mere 24.5 percent. For Rice, the writing did already seem to be on the wall — and Fry performed even better last night than the most recent polls had suggested he might. The Rice campaign, knowing it was in for a stiff fight, was essentially hoping to make it to a runoff rather than win outright, but even that didn't happen.

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