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Sanford challenger Katie Arrington seriously injured in car accident

Katie Arrington (R) campaigning in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Photo: David Weigel/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Katie Arrington, a state lawmaker who defeated Rep. Mark Sanford in the GOP primary for South Carolina's 1st congressional district two weeks ago, was seriously injured in a fatal car accident near Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, per The Post and Courier.

The big picture: Arrington was thrust onto the national stage after President Trump tweeted his support for her in the primary after Sanford, South Carolina's former governor, had consistently criticized the president. The Post and Courier reported that —while she is alert and talking — she will have to spend at least two weeks in the hospital after sustaining a fracture in her back, several broken ribs, a collapsed artery in her leg, and other injuries that "will require major surgery, including the removal of her small intestine."

President Trump tweeted his support for Arrington after her accident:

And so did Sanford:

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