Today is Primary Day in South Carolina, where one of the most closely watched races is in the state’s 1st congressional district between incumbent GOP Rep. Nancy Mace and conservative challenger Katie Arrington.
American Principles Project PAC (APP PAC)has been active in the race, spending $100,000 to educate voters about Mace’s support for legislation—the Fairness for All Act—that would allow biological males to compete against girls in sports and access girls’ private spaces, among other radical effects. APP PAC’s ads were viewed over 2.8 million times in the days leading up to the primary.
Writing for The Federalist last week, APP PAC President Terry Schilling explained the motivation behind the campaign:
Our strategy here is simple. We want to replace Mace with a stronger Republican, and her primary challenger Katie Arrington, who signed American Principles Project’s Big Family Pledge, would certainly be an upgrade.
But we also hope to do more than just remove a subpar legislator from Congress. We’re trying to demonstrate that there are political consequences to betraying the pro-family movement. We aim to show other weak-kneed politicians that these mealy-mouthed capitulation tactics don’t work, and may even cost them their seats.
Politicians, especially those whose sympathies naturally lie with the left, often don’t change their tune due to a genuine change of heart. They change because they think they’ll be punished at the ballot box if they don’t. If we want Republicans to stop surrendering to the woke left on all sorts of issues, we’ve got to show there are serious consequences for doing so. […]