Trump Declares Republicans Had 'Great Night' in Primary Elections

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

The incumbent easily won the Democratic primary as he seeks his second full six-year term in a race that's widely regarded as one of the best GOP takeover opportunities.

The races in both states are classified as tossups by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, while the OH contest is rated as "lean Democratic".

Republican voters in IN selected wealthy businessman Mike Braun over two incumbent congressmen to lead the party against a vulnerable Democrat in the midterm elections, which have Republicans concerned over the possibility of big losses. Republicans are defending a fragile 51-49 Senate majority, which they are increasingly framing as a last line of defense against a Democratic takeover of Congress. Ojeda received almost 30,000 votes in the primary, which came close to matching the total combined votes for the top four vote-getters in the GOP primary. He spent $9 per vote. Women made up about 20 percent of House candidates in OH, 18 percent in North Carolina, and 17 percent in Indiana. Her 99,455 votes cost the equivalent of vending machine Doritos (51 cents).

The loss of convicted former coal baron Don Blankenship in the West Virginia GOP Senate primary was a sigh of relief for Washington Republicans, who feared Blankenship could lose to Democratic Sen.

In addition to Blankenship's history behind bars, he has become a national punchline for taking aim at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with racially charged accusations of corruption.

"Did you think the ads he ran at the end of the campaign were racist?" On the bright side, he's no longer on probation as of midnight Tuesday.

Voters in the heart of Trump country are ready to decide the fate of Don Blankenship, a brash businessman and GOP outsider with a checkered past who is testing the appeal of President Donald Trump's outsider playbook in one of the nation's premiere U.S. Senate contests.

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On the campaign front, Republicans are also now faced with two choices: continuing to attack Manchin on Mylan's production of some opioids and leaving themselves open to counter-attacks on the Morriseys' lobbying for drug distributors, or conceding the issue entirely.

Rupp said Manchin will have to "stand against the red tide" in West Virginia.

The next highest spender was a super PAC linked to the GOP establishment, which aimed to avoid that same scenario. She criticized policies that she had helped to implement, such as Kasich's support for aspects of the Affordable Care Act, and even claimed that she hasn't spoken to him in more than a year. For example, a liberal dark money group allied with Senate Democrats has run more than 5,700 ads so far in 2018. This was already seen in the large vote for Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primary in West Virginia, which Sanders worked to divert behind the campaign of Hillary Clinton.

"Beat it, Don. Your 15 minutes expired", he wrote. Trump's political advisers view the event, which will also be attended by home-state Vice President Mike Pence, as a way to project party unity following a bruising primary. While a number of candidates posed as the next "Trump" to try to win the nomination, only one candidate managed to knock off a GOP incumbent by doing it - former Charlotte pastor Mark Harris. (Data for Jeannine Lee Lake, the Democratic victor in Indiana's 6th District, was unavailable because she hadn't raised or spent more than $5,000).

Based on Tuesday's results, CNN is moving four races to a more competitive ranking - all in favor of the Democrats. Only two candidates who outspent their opponents won nominations. Richard Ojeda and Republicans state Del. Four of the five outspent their opponents.

Brian Howey, publisher of the nonpartisan Howey Politics Indiana political report, said that pledging fealty to Trump carries risks for Republican candidates in November.

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