FILE - In this June 12, 2018 file photo, South Carolina Rep.Katie Arrington, who is running for the first district of South Carolina, campaigns after voting for herself in the primary election at Bethany United Methodist Church in Summerville. Arrington who defeated U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford in his re-election bid has been seriously injured in a deadly wreck. Spokesman Michael Mule tells media outlets Arrington has undergone surgery for her injuries and was recovering Saturday, June 23, 2018, in a Charleston-area hospital. (Kathryn Ziesig/The Post And Courier via AP, File)

Arrington won't drop out of US House race after crash

June 25, 2018 - 11:37 am

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A U.S. House candidate severely injured in a car crash in South Carolina over the weekend plans to keep running for the seat.

Katie Arrington's spokesman Michael Mule (mew-LAY) said Monday that Arrington already planned to take some time off around Independence Day after defeating U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford in the Republican primary on June 12.

Arrington's doctors said at a news conference that she was taken off a ventilator Monday and already shows motivation to recover, just three days after the wreck.

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott says he spoke to Arrington this weekend, and she wrote notes in response.

Scott says Arrington thinks her life was saved so she could give more to public service.

Arrington was a passenger in a car hit head on Friday near Charleston.

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