What's at Stake in Tuesday's Primaries - Page 2

4 states go to the polls, with West Virginia's GOP Senate primary among the big races
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2018 11:05 AM CDT

  • Indiana Senate: This is another closely watched contest because incumbent Joe Donnelly is seen as one of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats up for re-election, reports the Hill. Three Republicans (Reps. Luke Messer and Todd Rokita, along with businessman Mike Braun) are competing for the nomination. All are big Trump supporters, and the GOP is confident any of them can defeat Donnelly. Braun was surging in late polls.
  • Ohio Senate: Trump is strongly backing Rep. Jim Renacci against businessman Mike Gibbons to be the GOP candidate to face Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown in November, reports the New York Times. As with West Virginia and Indiana, Trump carried the state in 2016, and the Times sees Ohio as more of a bellwether than the other two.
  • Ohio governor: The race to replace Republican John Kasich is wide open and also "one of the most important governor's races in the country," explains Vox. On the Democratic side, it's Rich Cordray (former head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) against former Congressman Dennis Kucinich. For the GOP, it's State Attorney General Mike DeWine vs. Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor. ObamaCare and a brewing FBI corruption probe are factors.
  • Ohio special election: Democrats think they can steal a GOP seat in traditionally red territory in the contest to replace Republican Pat Tiberi. The primaries will determine who will face off in that August vote, and the key contest is on the GOP side, between the establishment pick (state Sen. Troy Balderson) and a more conservative hard-liner (Melanie Leneghan), per Talking Points Memo. Either way, Republicans are leery of another close special-election contest.
  • North Carolina: The races here are lower profile than in the other states, but one to watch is the primary challenge to GOP Rep. Robert Pittenger, reports the AP. His challenger is Charlotte pastor Mark Harris, who accuses Pittenger (who features Trump in his ads) of not supporting Trump strongly enough.
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