Nancy Mace flips SC House seat: Republican women ‘breaking barriers’


South Carolina Congresswoman-elect Nancy Mace made history as the first Republican woman elected to the House from her state, telling “Fox & Friends” Thursday they had a red wave.

Mace, the first female Citadel graduate, narrowly defeated Democratic incumbent Joe Cunningham with the race called shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday morning by the Associated Press amid a tight national race between President Trump and Joe Biden.

“It’s not just Democratic women who are breaking barriers,” Mace told cohost Ainsley Earhardt. “Republican women are doing it all across the country this election year.”

Formerly, only 13 women held seats in the House, but now that number is expected to climb to 23 after a record number of Republican women, 94, won GOP primaries surpassing the previous record of 54 in 2004. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, D-Calif., said Wednesday that the GOP will likely add an additional 14-19 Republican women with some races still being counted.

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“It’s an exciting moment not just for South Carolina, I’m the first Republican women ever elected to Congress from South Carolina, and so to see Republican women, we almost doubled our number this year in the House with this election,” Mace said. “It’s just exciting to be part of history.”

All five paid staff members on the Mace campaign team are women, ABC News 4.

“We made possible what so many people and pollsters said was impossible,” Mace said about flipping the district.

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“In South Carolina, rather than have a blue wave, we had a red wave, even with the hundreds of millions of dollars being spent by Jaime Harrison, we still won state House seats, state Senate races and this congressional district,” Mace said.

The congresswoman-elect said she wants to help lower unemployment, work on an ObamaCare replacement and tackle other issues important to her constituents as quickly as she can.

Mace said she celebrated the victory at a Waffle House Wednesday morning, where she got her first job at 17 as a waitress after dropping out of high school.

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“I wanted to finish where I started,” Mace said. “Where all this started for me 25 years ago, and it was a very exciting moment.”

Fox News’ Vandana Rambaran contributed to this report.



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‘Stalker’ busted with a knife, zip ties, duct tape and mace inside WWE star Sonya Deville’s home


A man carrying a knife, duct tape, mace and plastic zip ties, has been arrested for breaking into a home owned by WWE star Daria Berenato.

Phillip A. Thomas II was lying in wait for the individual inside the home, which belongs to the 26-year-old, who performs under the name Sonya Deville, for up to four hours.

Thomas, from South Carolina, had stalked Berenato for years on social media, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

He started planning the abduction eight months ago, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.

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Officials did not identify the victim, but publicly available arrest records and property records show the home is owned by Berenato, Fox reported.

Thomas parked his car around 12pm at Idlewild Church off Dale Mabry Highway and Van Dyke Road in Lutz and walked to a home on Pine Hammock Boulevard in the Promenade at Lake Park subdivision, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

He cut a hole in the patio screen and waited on the patio for three to four hours while watching and listening through the windows.

At 2.43am, after the homeowner had gone to bed, Thomas entered the house through a sliding-glass door, which activated the alarm.

The homeowner looked out of the window and spotted Thomas, and left the house along with a guest, calling 911.

Thomas, who is an Applebee’s crew member, was still in the house when the cops arrived, and was found carrying a knife, plastic zip ties, duct tape, mace and other items and told deputies he was planning to take the homeowner hostage.

“Our deputies are unveiling the suspect’s disturbing obsession with this homeowner who he had never met, but stalked on social media for years,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said in the news release.

“It’s frightening to think of all the ways this incident could have played out had the home alarm not gone off and alerted the homeowner of an intruder.”

He has been charged with aggravated stalking, armed burglary of a dwelling, attempted armed kidnapping, and criminal mischief and is being held without bail.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, a Twitter account in Thomas’s name, @Phillip80400010, contained messages about Berenato’s latest activities, including retweets from her account Saturday about upcoming WWE events.

July 30, he responded to one of Deville’s tweets about her appearance at the GLAAD media awards, a non-profit founded by LGBTQ people in the media.

“I’m so proud of you Daria you’re a inspiration to me,” his tweet said.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission



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