Arrington, SC House Candidate, Hospitalized

The Story:

Katie Arrington, Republican candidate for a South Carolina seat in the US House of Representatives, was in “critical but stable condition” in a hospital over the weekend after an automobile accident. A vehicle in which she was a passenger collided with another vehicle going the wrong direction on a highway.

The Significance:

On June 12, Arrington, a former real estate developer, defeated Mark Sanford, a former Governor, in the primary for the GOP nomination for the 1st district seat. The 1st district runs along much of the state’s coast, taking in the cities of Charleston and Mount Pleasant.

Arrington’s victory in this primary made Sanford the second Republican incumbent in the House in this election cycle to lose to a challenger for his party’s renomination. (The other is Robert Pittinger, of North Carolina’s 9th district.)

The Thing to Know

Arrington’s Democratic opponent in the general election, Joe Cunningham, has expressed his sympathy at news of her injuries and has suspended his own campaign activities until further notice.

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