Krvaric says a focus on state-level policies will rev up right-of-center turnout, benefiting Republican candidates no matter their place on the ballot.
All but 19 states will already have held primary contests before the high court’s term ends in June, and only DE and Louisiana have filing deadlines after that time.
Trump’s been improving since December, and so have the Republicans.
Despite all the talk of a “blue wave”, it’s worth remembering that Democrats must defend Senate seats in 10 states won by Donald Trump in 2016.
In West Virginia, of course, “Cocaine Mitch” happened.
Tuesday’s wins for Democratic women continue a wave of similar victories in other state primaries this year, showing the increased fervor and political engagement among women since Trump’s defeat of Hillary Clinton in 2016. We spoke with Kyle Kondik, author of “The Bellwether: Why Ohio Picks the President”, about what the primary election revealed and what it portends for the fall. Blankenship was convicted in 2015 of conspiring to skirt mine standards at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch mine, where the disaster occurred in 2010.
His hopes for facing Don Blankenship, the former coal executive and convicted criminal, were dashed Tuesday when Attorney General Patrick Morrisey claimed the Republican nomination.
“Every candidate that we wanted won, and they did very well”, Trump said Wednesday.
And Taylor, Ohio’s lieutenant governor, attempted political contortions to campaign as a Trump loyalist without disavowing the current governor, John Kasich, a Republican who is a fierce Trump critic.
Perhaps Trump’s intervention worked. Blankenship conceded the race as he lagged behind both Morrisey and Rep. Evan Jenkins for the nomination.
As for Mike Braun, the darkish horse candidate of Indiana’s main, this race has been all about drawing a distinction between himself and his opponents by highlighting his historical past as a enterprise proprietor relatively than a politician. If this sounds like it could be an advantage for a candidate running as an independent, it possibly could be, except that an unaffiliated independent candidate usually loses a substantial percentage of Democrat or Republican voter base that they may have received if they had run as one or the other. “Everybody, whether a Republican or Democrat, people understand it and they understand how it undermines democracy”. On Thursday night, he revved up a large crowd in IN, where the Democratic senator Joe Donnelly is facing a tough reëlection battle.
But in IN, the Republican Senate nomination did land with a self-funding businessman who mocked his two main opponents – both sitting House members – as creatures of the establishment who look, vote, and even dress alike.
Rep. Luke Messer conceded shortly after Rokita, saying he’s disappointed by the results of the race.
In race for Prosecuting Attorney, Republican incumbent Brian Gensel took 6,542 votes; Democrat Gary S. Germann got 7,092 or 8 percent more.
Messer represents Indiana’s sixth Congressional District, beforehand occupied by Vice President Mike Pence earlier than he grew to become Indiana’s governor. He will face Democratic Sen.
“If President Trump is willing to go out and define some of these opponents, it’s extremely helpful to those campaigns”, said Barry Bennett, a former Trump campaign aide.
Numerous women who secured the nomination last night are running in conservative districts that Trump swept in the 2016 election. Messser introduced a resolution calling on Trump to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. In these three states even Democrats understand that pitting themselves against Trump rather than in favor of their constituents’ economic well-being and conservative social views is a losing game, which is why Sen. Three Republican lawmakers lost campaigns for the Senate: Luke Messer and Todd Rokita in IN, and Evan Jenkins in West Virginia.
As of Thursday, according to information on the Kansas Secretary of State’s website, only 65 Democrats had officially filed to run for House seats – including 35 of the 40 incumbent Democrats who are running for re-election – and some districts have more than one Democratic candidate. Sherrod Brown, who ran unopposed.
Manchin-a former governor-is well-liked. Bernie Sanders and his people tried economic messaging.
Women were just as likely as men to win their races.
Sophia Tesfaye is the Deputy Politics Editor at Salon.