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Katie Arrington, GOP legislator who defeats Sanford, seriously injured in a car crash




South Carolina Republican MP Katie Arrington, who defeated US Republican Mark Sanford at the state's GOP headquarters earlier this month, was seriously injured in a car accident on Friday night. (Kathryn Ziesig / AP)

Katie Arrington, a republican MP who rep. Defeated Mark Sanford in the South Carolina GOP this month, was seriously injured in a car crash Friday night.

According to a campaign spokesman, Arrington and a friend drove on Highway 17 when their car was hit in the wrong direction by another vehicle.

"Katie suffered a fracture in her back and several fractured ribs, as well as injuries that forced Katie to undergo major surgery to remove part of her small intestine and part of her colon," the campaign spokesman said. "In addition, the main artery in her legs has partially collapsed and needed a stent, additional surgery is needed, including one today, and it is likely that Katie will stay in hospital for the next two weeks."

Early Saturday Arrington Democrat opponent Joe Cunningham said he would suspend active campaigns until the Republican candidate recovers.

Arrington's campaign did not identify the driver of the other car, but asked for "continued prayers for the dead and the deceased's family, as well as prayers for a speedy recovery for Katie and her friend."

On June 12, Arrington defeated Sanford in a primary school that sparked the Congressman's frequent criticism of President Trump. Democrats said they are seriously fighting for the South Carolina 1st Congressional district, which stretches from Charleston to Georgia's state border.


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