Midterm matchups set after Republican primary races in 4 states

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Wealthy businessman Mike Braun prevailed in IN, defeating a pair of congressmen by emulating the president with an outsider campaign. Trump endorsed Moore in that race.

Voters in West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina headed to the polls Tuesday to decide a number of key primaries. Walorski won her last two races with comfortable margins after earning a narrow victory in 2012 to the seat vacated by current Democratic Sen.

In a Wednesday evening open-letter, failed West Virginia senate candidate and convicted coal CEO Don Blankenship went into full attack mode against President Donald Trump. He could also challenge the state's sour grapes law that doesn't allow a losing candidate in the primary to file as a third party candidate in the same race in the general election.

"You, yourself, also spread fake news against me". "You've been to the state now four times". Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton by 42 points here less than two years ago, but there are far more Democrats than Republicans registered to vote. He urged support for Morrisey or Jenkins instead. He's expected to campaign heavily to help Republicans maintain Senate and House majorities and elect GOP governors.

Trump's unpopularity in the suburbs and exurbs where Republicans have built their House majority has led GOP leaders to conclude that the lower chamber of Congress may be all but gone in November. Pittenger is the first incumbent to lose his seat this primary season. - More than 8 in 10 voters (84%) say the economy will be "extremely" or "very" important to their votes, while 64% say the same of the President. He and former University of Cincinnati board chairman Rob Richardson Jr., a Democrat, will face off in November for the seat held by term-limited GOP Treasurer Josh Mandel. Joe Donnelly will face off in November against Braun, a multimillionaire owner of a national auto parts distribution business who loaned more than $5.4 million of his own money to his campaign.

"I'm off of probation at midnight", Blankenship, who was serving out a sentence for the UBB-related misdemeanor.

"But we've got more work to do", he added. He now faces GOP primary victor Jim Renacci, currently a House member from Ohio's 16th District. Troy Balderson won the crowded Republican primary.

Rachel Crooks, who claims Donald Trump sexually harassed her in 2005, won in an uncontested Democratic primary for the OH statehouse.

Trump won West Virginia by 42 percentage points in the 2016 election. Nationally, almost 500 women, both Republican and Democrats, are running for Congress this year, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. Currently, the split is 51 Republicans to 47 Democrats. "Your interference in the West Virginia election displayed a lack of understanding of the likely outcome of the upcoming general election", he continued.

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey will face down Democratic Sen.

No matter Tuesday's victor, Trump's team was keeping pressure on Manchin. A pro-Trump political action committee America First was airing ads promoting Gina Haspel, Trump's nominee to be Central Intelligence Agency director, and urging residents to call Manchin to support her confirmation.

Despite GOP joy over the outcome, Democrats claim Morrisey is not a ideal candidate and note that he attended Rutgers University and ran for a New Jersey congressional seat in 2000 but lost.

Rader, one of three women on the battle lines in the fight against the opioid epidemic in West Virginia, had joined Manchin as his guest at January's State of the Union.

Trump and his party leaders have been more united against Blankenship in recent weeks. The head of the Senate Republican campaign arm highlighted Blankenship's criminal history. And a group allied with the national GOP, known as Mountain Families PAC, had spent more than $1.2 million in attack ads against Blankenship.

Robert Ehman of Charleston, West Virginia, who voted for Blankenship, called him an "honest man" and brushed aside his imprisonment for conspiring to violate mine safety regulations after an explosion at one of his company's mines killed 29 people in 2010.

Blankenship continues to blame government regulators for the disaster, even in his concession speech.

Blankenship campaign manager Greg Thomas said during an appearance Thursday on MetroNews "Talkline" that "all options are on the table".

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