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Democrat Joe Cunningham wins seat S.C.’s Sanford lost in primary
State Rep. Katie Arrington greets primary voters in Charleston, S.C., on June 12. (Grace Beahm Alford/The Post And Courier via AP)

In an upset, Democrat Joe Cunningham defeated Republican Katie Arrington to win a seat representing South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District, according to the Associated Press.

The district went for Donald Trump by more than 13 points in 2016 and for Mitt Romney by more than 18 points in 2012.

In a June primary, Arrington — a South Carolina state representative — defeated Republican Rep. Mark Sanford. Days later, she was seriously injured in a car crash.

She recovered and continued running on a platform of “lower taxes, more jobs, a secure border, the sanctity of life of the unborn and a rebuilt infrastructure.” She has said she would support overturning Roe v. Wade.

Cunningham campaigned in support of abortion rights, universal background checks on gun sales and the Affordable Care Act.

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