Trump congratulates Nancy Mace for surviving primary challenge he supported

Trump said Tuesday was "a GREAT night"

Updated: June 15, 2022 - 6:27pm

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Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday congratulated Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) for winning her reelection primary on Tuesday against her Trump-endorsed challenger.

"Katie Arrington was a long shot but ran a great race and way over performed," the former president wrote on his platform Truth Social. "Congrats to Nancy Mace, who should easily be able to defeat her Democrat opponent!"

Mace beat Arrington 53% to 45%, according to the Associated Press.

Trump targeted Mace because she signed a letter with six other colleagues saying they would not challenge the 2020 election results. Although she did not vote to impeach Trump, she did criticize his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Trump commented later in the day Wednesday on how most of his endorsed candidates won their primaries.

"Every single endorsed by Trump candidate won last night, by big margins, with the exception of one very long shot who did FAR better than anticipated against an incumbent," he wrote on Truth Social. "The 'Impeacher' was ousted without even a runoff. A GREAT night!"

Trump was referring to South Carolina Republican Rep. Tim Rice, who lost to Trump-endorsed state Rep. Russell Fry. 

A five-term congressman, Rice supported Trump's second impeachment following the Jan. 6 riot.

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