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Speaking in Whitestown, Braun said he's looking forward to facing incumbent Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly in the November midterm election.

Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) in the Republican presidential primary.

Blankenship's loss spared Republicans from painful decisions about whether to abandon their hopes of unseating Democratic Sen. The former coal executive was convicted of mine safety violations and during his campaign had challenged the GOP brass, including launching racially charged attacks on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's, R-Ky., family.

Blankenship said Trump's Monday morning tweet urging West Virginia voters to reject him in favor of either Morrisey or Jenkins played a role in his loss. Businessman Mike Braun won the Republican primary and will go on to face incumbent Democratic Sen. Todd Rokita (R-IN) and Luke Messer (R-IN), who spent most of the a year ago making vicious personal attacks on one another.

Mr. Trump stayed out of the fierce battle in IN, as the candidates ran for the chance to take on Sen. Trump won the state by 19 points in 2016.

Braun ran as an outsider, blasting Reps. Sherrod Brown in the fall.

Braun is a businessman and former state representative.

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After that, Jeong reportedly stepped right back up on stage and continued his set and got the room laughing again. He was assisted by a member of the audience who is an emergency medical technical, Holmberg tweeted.

In North Carolina, Republican Rep. Walter Jones, a 12-term congressman, survived a three-way primary in the 3rd Congressional District, and Republican Rep. Robert Pittenger came out on the losing end of a primary race against the Rev. Mark Harris in the 9th Congressional District.

Pittenger conceded the race, and now Harris will face Democrat Dan McCready - a 34-year-old Marine veteran who party strategists see as fitting the Conor Lamb mold - in a competitive contest in November. State Sen. Troy Balderson had a slight edge over conservative favorite Melanie Leneghan in the GOP race, while Franklin County Recorder Danny O'Connor won the Democratic race. Messer had raised $2.9 million, and Rokita had raised close to $2.8 million, according to their campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Braun is a multi-millionaire who loaned over $5.4 million to his own campaign, outspending each of his opponents roughly 2-to-1. Like Braun, Morrisey is a cross-over figure on the Right: The first Republican elected AG in West Virginia since 1928, he's already won statewide, was endorsed in the primary by populist Steve Bannon, and yet remains popular among mainstream Republicans.

"Tonight, Hoosiers spoke loud and clear - they want a conservative outsider representing them in the U.S. Senate and I am grateful to have their support", Mr. Braun said after winning the in primary.

But the highest-profile races there were about replacing outgoing Gov. John Kasich. Former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director Cordray beat former congressman, Cleveland mayor, and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich (who was being backed by the Sandernista Our Revolution organization) by a shocking 63/22 margin.

Heading into Tuesday night, the fear among Republicans has been that, in the era of Trump, the GOP would experience a re-play of 2010 as primary voters chose candidates too "Trumpy" to win a general election.


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