Trump says GOP had 'great night' in primaries

Sergio Conner
May 11, 2018

In both cases, Trump's party appears to have avoided the missteps that doomed candidates in high-profile Senate races in the past.

After navigating a primary that drew national attention, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey will face incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin III, D. Trump won West Virginia by about 42 percentage points in 2016. I think he generally probably likes Joe Manchin. The Republican president fought in the campaign's final days to defeat Blankenship, a retired coal executive, who remained popular among some West Virginia Republicans despite having served a year in prison for his role in a deadly mine disaster and attacked the Asian heritage of the top Senate Republican's wife.

The state board declined to extend time at a Franklin County precinct located at an elementary school that was locked down briefly because of a nearby shooting.

They were also concerned that the controversies surrounding Blankenship might spread to other key battlegrounds, dragging down Republican candidates across the country.

"The people who support right to work, they're out working".

He's drawing a comparison with last year's special election loser Roy Moore, a former judge who won the GOP Senate primary in Alabama but lost to an unknown Democrat following publicity over longstanding allegations that he had molested teen girls decades earlier. The following table shows the outcomes of the Democratic congressional primaries in six states so far, based on their self-described ideology.

In the 13th Congressional District of North Carolina, Marine Corps veteran Dan McCready, now a "green energy" multi-millionaire, won the Democratic nomination, while the incumbent Republican, Representative Robert Pittenger, was defeated in the primary by a Christian pastor, Mark Harris, who attacked him as insufficiently conservative.

Tuesday's vote kicked off a busy stretch of the midterm primary season, with more than two dozen additional states set to vote before July 4.

Once a bastion of Democratic populism and represented by the likes of Sens. Trump branded Donnelly as "Sleepin' Joe", assailing him for opposing the president's signature tax cuts and the president's efforts to end the Affordable Care Act. Mr Renacci hopes to oust Sherrod Brown, a populist Democrat who has held the Senate seat since 2007.

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A good example is the race in Ohio's 10 congressional district, now held by Republican Michael Turner.

Voters across four states that Donald Trump carried in 2016 are fanning out to decide primary elections.

Rep. Jim Renacci won the nomination with $2 per vote. Tiberi's candidate, Troy Balderson of Zanesville pulled out a win.

For Democrats, more spending didn't necessarily lead to more votes.

A bright spot for Republicans in swing-state Ohio: GOP turnout was considerably stronger than Democratic voting in the open governor's race. In order to take control of the House of Representatives, Democrats need a net gain of 24 seats.

IN voters are casting ballots in a three-way race for the Republican U.S. Senate seat nomination.

His two opponents in the primary - Rep. Evan Jenkins and state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey - also spent handsomely.

(Evan Jenkins, another Republican congressman also lost in West Virginia.) All three candidates tried to claim Mr Trump's mantle while emulating his style, lambasting each other with derisive nicknames: "Lyin' Todd" for Mr Rokita, who falsely implied that Mr Trump had endorsed him; "Missing Messer" for the congressman who allegedly spends more time in the Washington area than in; and "Tax Hike Mike" for Mr Braun, who voted to raise the gas tax when he was a state legislator. "Your interference in the West Virginia election displayed a lack of understanding of the likely outcome of the upcoming general election", he continued.

No matter Tuesday's victor, Trump's team was keeping pressure on Manchin.

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