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Primary elections live updates Tom Rice ousted in S.C. after Trump impeachment vote, and the GOP scores a win in Texas

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.), who was being challenged in Tuesday’s GOP primary by a candidate backed by former president Donald Trump, is the projected winner in South Carolina’s 1st District. (Meg Kinnard/AP)
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Today, voters headed to the polls in four more states, including in South Carolina, which posed the latest test of former president Donald Trump’s influence on the Republican Party. Trump supported GOP primary opponents of two Republican incumbent members of Congress — Reps. Tom Rice and Nancy Mace — who did not back his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election. Rice was projected to lose, according to the Associated Press, while Mace was projected to win.

Trump also played in other GOP primaries on Tuesday, including races for governor and U.S. senator in Nevada, where Democrats hold both seats. Meanwhile, Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) faces a challenger from her left, Amy Vilela, a former state co-chair for the 2020 presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Here’s what to know

  • In Maine, former governor Paul LePage, who left the state in 2019 after his second term, is running unopposed in the GOP primary. Incumbent Gov. Janet Mills (D) is seeking a second term.
  • In South Carolina, Rice is being challenged by state Rep. Russell Fry. Mace is being challenged by former congresswoman Katie Arrington. Fry and Arrington are backed by Trump.
  • In Nevada, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo is leading in the GOP gubernatorial primary polls and has Trump’s endorsement. He is seeking to replace incumbent Steve Sisolak (D).
  • Also in Nevada, Adam Laxalt, the former Nevada state attorney general who has Trump’s backing, is the front-runner in the GOP primary for U.S. Senate. He is seeking to replace first-term Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, a top target for Republicans in November.
  • Polls close at 7 p.m. in South Carolina, 8 p.m. in Maine, and 9 and 10 p.m. in parts of Nevada and North Dakota. All times are Eastern.
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