Nancy Mace outmaneuvers Kevin McCarthy’s revenge operation

By Madison Fernandez, Mia McCarthy | 06/12/2024 07:03 AM EDT

Primary voters on Tuesday also set candidates for races in Nevada, Maine and North Dakota. Ohio held a special election to replace former Rep. Bill Johnson.

Former Rep. Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.).

Republican Rep. Nancy Mace (right) won her primary race Tuesday in South Carolina's 1st District. Mace's opponent, Catherine Templeton, received support from former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). AP

Kevin McCarthy’s revenge tour is off to a bumpy start.

South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace was one of eight Republicans who voted to strip the former speaker of the gavel, and the former speaker’s allies spent big to take her down.

They couldn’t.


Mace decisively defeated Catherine Templeton, a former gubernatorial candidate, whose allies plunged more than $5 million against the incumbent, according to ad tracker AdImpact.