Trump-endorsed candidate Russell Fry surges in polls

by Summer Lane

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Candidate for South Carolina’s 7th Congressional District, Rep. Russell Fry, R-S.C., has surged in the polls ahead of the state’s primary election on June 14.

According to a report from Washington Examiner, Fry is maintaining a double-digit lead over his GOP opponent, Rep. Tom Rice, R-S.C.

According to a new survey conducted by The Trafalgar Group for South Carolina’s primary for its 7th Congressional District, 42.2 percent of 572 likely GOP voters indicated that they would vote for Fry if the election were held today.

By contrast, only 24.9 percent of likely GOP voters indicated that they would be interested in casting their ballots for Rice in the primary election.

According to Washington Examiner’s report, Fry is a former South Carolina General Assembly majority chief whip, while Rice is serving in his fifth term as a lawmaker. Rice voted in 2021 to impeach President Donald Trump over the so-called “insurrection” that occurred at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Rice’s impeachment vote has been a sticking point for Fry, who recently lambasted his GOP opponent in an interview with Breitbart News Saturday on SiriusXM. Fry stated, “people are ready for a new leader.” He added that voters are craving candidates who “are willing to stand up for the values that we say that we’re about, securing the border, fixing the fentanyl epidemic…”

Interestingly, Washington Examiner reported that Fry’s lead over Rice has increased since last month when only 39 percent of potential GOP voters surveyed indicated that they would vote for Fry in the primary race.

In February, President Trump endorsed Fry, calling him “an America First champion,” contrasting him against Rice, whom he referred to as a “coward who abandoned his constituents by caving to Nancy Pelosi.”

Currently, Fry’s 42.2 percent hold over Rice is a good indication that South Carolina voters will likely lean toward supporting the America First candidate at the polls on election day.

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