- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, who is running for re-election in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District, says he won’t support Donald Trump if the businessman wins the GOP presidential nomination.

Sanford, who said as early as last summer that he would not endorse Trump after the businessman’s criticism of Fox News debate panelist Megyn Kelly, said in an email to The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday that Trump would not be good for the Constitution.

“Not that political views mean anything in this year, but because I believe in constitutionally limited government, his candidacy is one I certainly can’t support,” Sanford wrote.

Sanford’s primary opponent, state Rep. Jenny Horne of Summerville, said in a release Wednesday that she will support Trump if he is the nominee and Sanford’s refusal to do so is a slap in the face to those voters who gave Trump a wide victory in last month’s South Carolina GOP presidential primary.

Horne says she wonders whether Sanford will support a Democrat for president in November. Sanford has endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

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