Mace Defeats McCarthy-Backed Challenger in South Carolina Primary – EVOL

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) is one of eight Republicans who voted to oust House Speaker Kevin McCarthy last year.

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) defeated Catherine Templeton on June 11 to win the Republican nomination for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District.

The Associated Press projected the victory for Ms. Mace less than two hours after polls closed.

Ms. Mace—one of the eight Republicans who voted to oust former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) in October 2023—is seeking reelection in the district, which encompasses the environs of the city of Charleston and much of the state’s coastline.

Ms. Templeton is one of several candidates Mr. McCarthy has endorsed since his removal.

Ahead of the race, polls indicated that most voters still backed Trump-endorsed Ms. Mace, who would start her third term in office next year if she wins the general election.

According to two polls conducted in May and aggregated by FiveThirtyEight, Ms. Mace enjoyed a substantial lead over Ms. Templeton before primary day.

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In the most recent district poll, Ms. Mace was 25 points ahead of Ms. Templeton, but 24 percent of voters were undecided.

Another poll found a slightly closer race, with Ms. Mace ahead by 22 points. That survey also indicated that 33 percent



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