GOP Voters Stick With Pro-Trump Candidates in Senate Primaries

Breaking: Surprising winner announced in highly contested West Virginia GOP primary

In West Virginia, a coal magnate, Don Blankenship, who has served time in jail and declared himself Trumpier (ph) than Trump, lost his Senate primary despite a late surge in the polls.

This is a story line that just won't die - and probably shouldn't, pending the messy primaries next month in California.

LAW: Well, I think mid-term elections generally are a first job review on a president's performance.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is a semi-vulnerable incumbent.

Rokita and Messer relentlessly attacked Braun for his history of voting in Democratic primaries in a county where the party until recently held a firm grip on local offices.

A far more forceful intervention by Trump in the Republican primary in Alabama a year ago, when he travelled to the state and campaigned publicly for then Senator Luther Strange, failed to shift many voters, and Strange lost the primary to Roy Moore, who then lost the special election in December to Democrat Doug Jones. Both DeWine and Cordray won spirited primaries with at least 60 percent of the vote each. Women made up about 20 percent of House candidates in OH, 18 percent in North Carolina, and 17 percent in Indiana.

Greg Pence, the older brother of Vice President Mike Pence, swept the field Tuesday night in his primary with four other GOP contenders.

In other highly anticipated races, two candidates for the 3rd District have been chosen, with Democrats selecting state Sen.

Ojeda previously voted for Trump but says he regrets his decision. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), is a former clerk for Judge Robert Bork of Slouching Towards Gomorrah fame and one of the only members of his party with an A rating from the National Rifle Association.

From the Democrats, the Duty and Country PAC spent about $1.85 million, mostly targeting Jenkins, although some was directed at Morrisey.

None of these candidates ran on impeachment.

With all precincts reporting, Morrisey commanded almost 35 percent of the vote, compared to more than 29 percent for Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., and about 20 percent for former Massey Energy Co.

Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have already scheduled a campaign event in IN on Thursday, indicating the priority the White House is putting on the in race - and their willingness to back whoever emerged from the primary.

Myth #3: Republicans got exactly the candidates they wanted.

Blankenship had been showing remarkable and surprising strength in the race with an anti-Washington message.

In Indiana, state Rep. Mike Braun, a self-funding businessman and former Democrat, triumphed over two would-be anti-establishment Republican congressmen so generic that in one hilarious television ad he invited voters to decide whether a pair of cardboard cut-outs represented the same or different figures (reader: I could not tell myself) and pilloried them for their support of free trade.

State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey claimed the nomination instead, promoting his record of challenging policies of the administration of former President Barack Obama and deflecting criticism of his roots in New Jersey, where he lost a 2000 congressional race. They also nominated candidates who proved too radical to win the general election, such as Sharron Angle in Nevada, Todd Akin in Missouri and Richard Mourdock in Indiana.

In Ohio, Democrats pointed out that Renacci - who jumped into the race after longtime rising star Josh Mandel quit it for personal reasons - had only muddled through. It was believed by some that Republicans would try to distance themselves from the president, and that this would cause further disarray that would lead to Republican losses in November. The president carried 10 states in 2016 that have Democratic senators on the ballot this year and is expected to campaign heavily to help Republicans maintain Senate and House majorities and elect GOP governors.

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