Nancy Mace survives Kevin McCarthy’s revenge in South Carolina major | EUROtoday

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South Carolina Rep Nancy Mace is as soon as once more the victory of a Republican major election towards an opponent backed by a distinguished foe.

The congresswoman received the Republican major in South Carolina’s 1st congressional district over challengers Catherine Templeton and William Young; as votes got here in, Mace pulled to an early lead and was declared the victor early on Tuesday night.

Her victory comes after former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy focused her as one of many eight Republicans liable for kicking him out of the speaker’s chair final fall.

Mace’s defection together with seven others laid the groundwork for McCarthy’s downfall and eventual ouster from Congress lower than a 12 months after he took the job. The act was the primary time a speaker has been eliminated in fashionable historical past.

McCarthy backed Templeton in her efforts to unseat the congresswoman however Mace managed to safe the twin endorsements of Donald Trump, de facto chief of the GOP, and Mike Johnson, McCarthy’s alternative as speaker of the House. As a outcome, her win within the Republican major was something however a shock.

South Carolina Rep Nancy Mace greets supporters at a Trump rally in February 2024
South Carolina Rep Nancy Mace greets supporters at a Trump rally in February 2024 (Getty Images)

What was arguably extra shocking is Mace’s capability to keep up these relationships given her occasional troublemaking for the GOP caucus within the House in addition to the truth that she was pressured to run towards Donald Trump’s endorsed candidate, Katie Arrington, within the first district in 2022.

Since then, she has repaired her ties with Trumpworld, a prospect made simpler by the truth that she declined to criticize the ex-president even after he backed her opponent.

In an interview with NBC News, Mace made clear that she doesn’t see McCarthy’s assist for her opponent as primarily based in any actual coverage variations.

“It’s about revenge,” she mentioned. “It’s also about honesty and integrity. And my vote to oust Kevin McCarthy was about trust.”

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McCarthy, for his half, has denied being on a “revenge tour” however has made clear his opposition to the eight Republicans who voted to oust him.

Matt Gaetz, lengthy considered because the ringleader of the group, has confronted the brunt of McCarthy’s anger — the previous speaker has repeatedly insisted in interviews that the Florida congresswoman had sexual activity with underage women, which Gaetz firmly denies. The Justice Department declined to deliver costs towards the congressman after investigating the matter.

In the case of Mace, McCarthy unleashed a scathing barrage towards his one-time colleague in February when talking with a gaggle of reporters.

“I hope Nancy gets the help she needs, I really do,” he mentioned earlier this 12 months whereas visiting Capitol Hill. “I just hope she gets the help to straighten out her life. I mean, she’s got a lot of challenges.”

“No one will stay working for her,” he continued. “You can’t have somebody who just flips and flops based upon what TV station she gets put on. You want someone who’s willing to work, and so I hope she gets that kind of help.”