Kate Arrington, the South Carolina lawmaker who thwarted Rep. Mark Sanford’s hopes for re-election with help from President Trump earlier this month, was seriously injured in a car accident late Friday. Arrington’s spokesman told The Post and Courier on Saturday that she was alert and able to talk after the two-car crash, which was reportedly caused by a wrong-way driver. She suffered a fracture in her back and several broken ribs, as well as other injuries requiring major surgery. Arrington underwent one surgery Saturday morning and was said to be preparing for another. She is expected to remain hospitalized for at least two weeks. Arrington, a state representative from Summerville, found herself at the center of a huge political upset earlier this month when she bested the incumbent Sanford in South Carolina’s GOP primaries. Her win was credited at least in part to a last-minute endorsement from Trump, who took to Twitter to lambast Sanford as “unhelpful” and “nothing but trouble” just hours before the polls closed.
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