Takeaways From The Big Primary Kickoff Night

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Given the centrality of the Trump administration in the primaries, as well as public contentment with the direction of the country, running purely on opposition to President Trump is not enough. Manchin, a centrist Democrat who has voted with the Trump agenda more than 60 percent of the time, is clearly not the worst Democrat in the Senate. Todd Rokita and Luke Messer.

In West Virginia, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey won an acrimonious primary against Rep. Evan Jenkins and former Massey Energy executive Don Blankenship, who had served a year in prison after a coal-mine explosion in 2010.

Blankenship was still under supervised release when he launched his campaign.

"For me, it's always been about working for West Virginia and that will never change", Manchin said Tuesday night.

On Monday Blankenship responded to the president's tweet, saying that Trump 'is a very busy man and he doesn't know me and he doesn't know how flawed my two main opponents are in this primary'. There is no reason to believe that Trump had such an impact.

Tuesday was a big day for primaries as four states held elections and solidified their tickets for the 2018 midterms. He'll try to hold onto his seat in a state that gave Republican President Donald Trump his largest margin of victory in 2016. Joe Manchin in November and put a blight on the party with comments about "Cocaine Mitch" McConnell's "China family".

Manchin told supporters at his Charleston campaign headquarters that the nation has "unfinished business" on affordable health care, infrastructure, taking care of veterans and helping working-class Americans like his state's coal workers.

Maryland's own Republican primary is next month. In addition to the $3.5 million from Blankenship, Morrissey spent $1.3 million and Jenkins, who finished second, spent $1.5 million.

The national media has barely reported the vote for Swearengin.

"You, yourself, also spread fake news against me", he wrote.

Brown says that shouldn't worry Democrats when it comes to November.

"Politics shouldn't be a profession, we want of us with real-world expertise", Braun says in a single marketing campaign advert, including that he's working as a result of "President Trump paved the way in which".

"West Virginia deserves better than Joe Manchin and Sen".

And on the local level, a woman who accused Trump of sexually harassing her more than a decade ago claimed the Democratic nomination in a race to represent an area southeast of Toledo in the state House of Representatives.

GREENE: We had Charlie Dent on the program, Pennsylvania Republican Congressman who is deciding to leave Congress, has always seen himself as sort of a moderate voice in Congress. Morrisey was eventually declared the victor; he'll face incumbent Democrat Joe Manchin in a contest that could decide control of the Senate.

DeWine's general election opponent is former Democratic state Attorney General Richard Cordray. Even more distressing for Manchin is the decline in the number of votes he received. He was heavily promoted by union leaders during the teachers' strike.

IN voters made it clear on Tuesday night - they want someone who isn't entrenched in Washington, D.C. Republicans chose businessman and former state representative Mike Braun over Reps. The drug company sued West Virginia in 2015 to keep a "preferred" status in the state's Medicaid offerings, a case Morrisey's office defended.

Ohioans also overwhelmingly approved a measure to reform congressional redistricting. Harbaugh has raised more money than the incumbent Republican, Representative Robert Gibbs.

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

It might be somewhat worrying for Democrats that more Republicans turned out for the open OH gubernatorial primary than one that got as much attention as the Cordray-Kucinich contest.

But that's it. The lack of challenges to Democrats, especially senators, means they're able to preserve their resources to fight in the general election. "You've been to the state now four times".