South Carolina Republican Mark Sanford announced he will challenge Trump in the GOP primary

mark sanfordIn a Dec. 18, 2013 photo, U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., laughs while discussing his first months back in Congress during an Associated Press interview in his district office in Mount Pleasant, S.C. Sanford, a former two-term governor, won a special election in May 2013 to win his old 1st District seat in the House.Bruce Smith/AP

  • Former South Carolina governor and Republican Rep. Mark Sanford announced Sunday that he will challenge President Donald Trump in the presidential primary.
  • In a "Fox News Sunday" interview, Sanford said he thinks "that as a Republican Party we have lost our way." 
  • The former governor joins former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld and former GOP congressman and conservative radio host Joe Walsh are both challenging Trump in the Republican primary.
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Former South Carolina governor and Republican Rep. Mark Sanford announced Sunday that he is launching a primary challenge to President Donald Trump.

"I am going to get in," Mr. Sanford said in a "Fox News Sunday" interview. "I think we need to have a conversation on what it means to be a Republican."

"I think that as a Republican Party we have lost our way," he added.

 

Sanford lost his congressional primary in 2018 after emerging as a vocal critic of Trump, who in turn encouraged voters to vote against him.

After his loss and an ultimate Democratic victory in the district, Sanford penned an Op-Ed in The New York Times that closely echoed his comments Sunday reflecting on the Republican party

"Republicans got a wake-up call last week. But will we wake up?" Sanford wrote. "My party would be wise to take a step back from President Trump's approach to politics."

The former governor joins former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld and former GOP congressman and conservative radio host Joe Walsh are both challenging Trump in the Republican primary.

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Ahead of the announcement on Twitter last month, Trump mocked attacked Sanford, Walsh, and Weld, and in part referenced Sanford's admitted extramarital affair that was revealed in 2009.

Though Trump has seen rising popularity among his Democratic challengers, he has a near-90% approval rating among Republicans.

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