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June 14, 2018 - 12:00 am


The Latest: Sanford says he wasn't 'Trump enough' for voters

WASHINGTON (AP) — South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford is attributing his Republican primary defeat to voters mainly concerned with whether he was sufficiently loyal to President Donald Trump.

Sanford lost a bid for a seventh House term in Tuesday's voting. Trump had tweeted an endorsement of his opponent and said Sanford has been "very unhelpful" and "nothing but trouble."

Sanford tells reporters that the race devolved down to whether he was "Trump enough." He says it's "a very tribal environment right now."

Trump even took a personal swipe at Sanford, saying he is "better off in Argentina." As governor, Sanford secretly traveled there while having an affair.

Sanford says, "It's not what anybody would yearn for in the world of politics, but it is what it is."



Warrant: prison visitor tried to smuggle drugs in vagina

BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a visitor to a South Carolina prison tried to smuggle drugs inside her vagina.

Arrests warrants said investigators found about 30 grams (1 ounce) of methamphetamines and synthetic marijuana both in Tonya Elrod's car and inside her vagina Sunday during visiting hours at Evans Correctional Institution.

The warrants say a dog sniffed the drugs and alerted its handler at the medium-security state prison in Bennettsville.

Elrod was charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute synthetic marijuana, attempting to furnish a prisoner with contraband and criminal conspiracy.

Court records didn't indicate if she had a lawyer.


McMaster, Warren set for South Carolina GOP runoff debate

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Henry McMaster and Greenville businessman John Warren are set to debate once before South Carolina voters pick one of them as their Republican nominee for governor.

The Post and Courier of Charleston is again partnering with South Carolina Educational Television for a debate, set for June 20 at the Newberry Opera House.

McMaster was the top vote getter in the June 12 GOP primary but failed to get the majority needed to avoid a runoff. He secured 42 percent of votes cast, while Warren won about 28 percent.

Warren told supporters Tuesday night he wanted a series of three debates with McMaster, but this is the only one planned.

The runoff winner will face Democratic Rep. James Smith of Columbia and American Party candidate Martin Barry in November.


Court rules no privacy for cellphone with 1-2-3-4 passcode

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's highest court has upheld an 18-year prison sentence for burglary for a man convicted in part because he left his cellphone at the crime scene and a detective guessed his passcode as 1-2-3-4.

The state Supreme Court decision says 28-year-old Lamar Brown left his phone at a Charleston home after a December 2011 break-in.

Authorities say a detective kept the phone untouched for six days, then pulled it out and opened it by guessing 1-2-3-4. The detective found a contact named "grandma" and was able to work his way back to Brown.

Four justices agreed with the state that Brown abandoned his cellphone and had no expectation of privacy. One dissented and said the passcode and the unique data on a cellphone means police must have a warrant.


Former South Carolina town clerk charged with fraud

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A former town clerk in South Carolina has been arrested and charged with misuse of traffic fines and two town credit cards.

The State Law Enforcement Division said in a news release that 46-year-old Tamala Wingate Redd of Greer has been charged with breach of trust with fraudulent intent valued at $10,000 or more.

Redd is a former clerk in the Spartanburg County town of Lyman.

She's also been charged with financial transaction card fraud valued at $500 or more. It was not known if she has an attorney yet.

SLED spokesman Thom Berry said the town of Lyman and its police department requested the investigation.

Redd worked for Lyman from 2012 to 2016.


The Latest: Ryan dismisses Sanford loss as "what happens"

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan says Rep. Mark Sanford's primary loss in South Carolina is "just what happens."

He spoke Wednesday after President Donald Trump congratulated himself for his Election Day tweet that endorsed Sanford's opponent, Rep. Katie Arrington.

Sanford's criticism of Trump as unworthy and culturally intolerant made him a target of dedicated Trump supporters. It was the latest example of how loyalty to Trump is becoming a key dynamic in the midterm elections.

Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican who is retiring after this year, said of the primary: "It was a very close election. Some of our members have lost primaries."

He added, "That's just what happens in contested primaries...This happens."

Sanford's loss to Arrington was the most dramatic development of Tuesday's contests across five states

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