President Trump staked a lot of political capital on a primary in South Carolina on Tuesday—and won. Gov. Henry McMaster prevailed in the Republican primary, beating businessman John Warren, a political novice, in all but seven of the state's 46 counties. Both candidates tried to appeal to Trump voters, who ended up going with "the candidate Trump liked rather than the Trump-like candidate," the State reports. Trump appeared at a rally for McMaster Monday night, telling supporters that it would be a "major, major defeat" for him if the governor lost. In other races:
- Big upset in NY. In what the New York Times calls "the most stunning and consequential contest of the night," Democratic Rep. Joseph Crowley, seen as a possible future House speaker, was defeated in New York's 14th District primary by 28-year-old socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a political newcomer who ran to his left. Crowley is the No. 4 Democrat in the House, and Trump crowed about the defeat of the "Big Trump Hater Congressman" in the New York City district, tweeting, "Perhaps he should have been nicer, and more respectful, to his President!"