With Blankenship loss, Republicans look to November in three key Senate races

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Don Blankenship, an ex-convict with a penchant for racially insensitive language, lost the West Virginia Republican Senatorial primary Tuesday.

Blankenship said he doesn't believe the ad cost him votes, "because unlike the media, I think West Virginians understand that "China people" is not different than 'Appalachia people, ' no different than 'West Virginia people'". Luke Messer and Todd Rokita, as creatures of Washington.

Donnelly will challenge Mike Braun, a former state lawmaker, in November.

While Swearingen - a progressive who had predicted that her challenge of Manchin would be a long shot - didn't win the Democratic primary, she gained more votes than any of the GOP candidates, including Morrisey. I think if there was any single factor based on holding him different times and the things I saw it was more like the President Trumps.

The West Virginia Republican Senate contest in particular headlined a slate of primary elections across four states on Tuesday that will help shape the political landscape in this fall's midterm elections.

Harris won Tuesday among GOP voters and now must take on Democrat Dan McCready, a Marine veteran who has raised nearly $2 million to compete in the 9th district, where Trump's victory was narrower than elsewhere in North Carolina. Republicans are vying to keep control of both chambers of Congress, even as Democrats have the public's favor in the generic ballot.

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In Indiana, Braun boasted during a recent debate that he "looks more like Donald Trump" because he's an "outsider that has done something in the real world". That mission was to bring a much-needed Republican vote to the Senate, and you all have done me proud. Joe Donnelly - one of the GOP's top Senate targets - ended with a wealthy businessman and former Democrat the victor. Despite voting in favor of the White House's agenda 61 percent of the time, the president has targeted Manchin, the lone Democratic senator in a state Trump won by 42 percentage points in 2016 and remains extremely popular.

The races in both states are classified as tossups by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, while the OH contest is rated as "lean Democratic".

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. "Your interference in the West Virginia election displayed a lack of understanding of the likely outcome of the upcoming general election", he continued. We won't know the answer to that for many years, but the fact that Don Blankenship lost the Republican primary in West Virginia is a hopeful sign. No way! Remember Alabama. In other words, Blankenship could really have been surging, and his surge stopped only when Trump said people shouldn't vote for him. Morrisey stepped into limelight back in 2015 when he sued President Barack Obama's administration over a climate change plan. "There are real dangers in tacking too close to Trump", he added.

The only way to have known if Blankenship had momentum was if pollsters who were not affiliated with his campaign went back into the field in the final few weeks. Several of them are shaping up as ideological battles that echo the 2016 Democratic presidential primary between Hillary Clinton and Sen. He said DeWine will be "a great governor with a heavy focus" on health care and jobs, dismissing Cordray as a "Socialist opponent" who was "a big failure in his last job".

With their party out of power, Democratic voters so far have been supportive of mainstream candidates over those from the insurgent wing, and more lenient with their nominees in red states. Pat Tiberi. The race had become a proxy fight between Tiberi, a GOP moderate, and conservative Republican Rep. Jim Jordan.

Meanwhile, GOP voters in IN chose wealthy businessman Mike Braun over two sitting congressmen to lead the party's charge against a vulnerable Democratic senator in the fall.

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