"But I think what makes this one so hard to predict is the Trump factor and all of these Staten Island Trumpers who will show up for the presidential election when they weren't there for the mid-term elections and their turnout, and will they split tickets?"
Also a former two-term governor of South Carolina from 2003 to 2011, Sanford will not be able to compete in his state's own Republican primary after the South Carolina Republican Party executive committee voted on Saturday not to hold one to save more than $1.2 million and pave the way for Trump's re-election.
Canceling primaries, caucuses and other voting is not unusual for the party of the White House incumbent seeking a second term.
Needless to say, the decisions are drawing criticism from primary challengers.
Flanagan thinks Malliotakis' Trump pivot may not hurt her in the general election but could complicate things for her in the primary race. Sanford is not making his case against Trump on the basis of the economy, though (at least not yet).
"No one "leading" in Washington is leading, or even speaking of, our financial predicament", Sanford said in his email message. He talks about the president when asked, but he's not calling for impeachment and doesn't often bring up Trump unprompted.
In a tweet last week, Weld blasted Trump amid reports the states were going to scrap its primaries and caucuses, saying Trump would rather be "crowned president than elected". Trump stressed, however, that "I'm not running". It does not include the city of Charlotte, but it does include a lot of Charlotte suburbs, which is a big deal because it was in the suburbs of big cities where the election was won and lost for Republicans previous year. "If there was a race, they would certainly want to do that", Trump said.
President Donald Trump will hold a rally in North Carolina on Monday night in an effort to mobilize Republican voters ahead of highly competitive special elections in the state's 3rd and 9th Congressional Districts.
The House district flows eastward from the prosperous Charlotte suburbs into rural areas hugging the SC border.
"When the former Governor of the Great State of South Carolina, @MarkSanford, was reported missing, only to then say he was away hiking on the Appalachian Trail, then was found in Argentina with his Flaming Dancer friend, it sounded like his political career was over".
By tomorrow, one political party will be spiking the football - while the other insists that special elections mean nothing. He also served in the U.S. House from 2013 to 2019, before he himself was defeated in a primary.
After hinting at a run for months, Sanford said he would focus his bid on spending and the growing national debt. The country deserves to have some fiscal constraint and conservatism, " Weld said.
Sanford, who served two terms as governor of SC, told CNN's Jake Tapper before entering that race that he was encouraged to run by people who "have said we need to have a conversation about what it means to be a Republican".
In a sign of what support he'll get from fellow South Carolina Republicans, a crowd of conservatives heckled him in late August when he attended U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan's annual Faith and Freedom Barbecue in Anderson. "I think they kind of felt the need to exercise some muscle on the state level", Putnam said.
Mr Trump described Mr Sanford, a former SC governor, and two other hopefuls as "badly failed candidates".