‘Super guy’: Trump backs Dr. Mehmet Oz in Republican primary for Senate race
Along with almost all of the major primary election results on Tuesday, the strong performances of several Donald Trump-backed candidates underscore the former president’s continued influence within the party.
However, it was far from a perfect scorecard for the MAGA Republican wing, as Republicans in North Carolina voted to end the term of Trump-backed Congressman Madison Cawthorn.
Mr. Cawthorn lost the primary to state senator Chuck Edwards after facing negative publicity following a series of self-inflicted controversies for speeding, gun violations and for calling the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky of “thug”.
Pennsylvania State Sen. Doug Mastriano, who amplified Mr. Trump’s false allegations of 2020 voter fraud, won the Republican nomination for governor of Pennsylvania and will face Democratic Attorney General Josh Shapiro in November.
In Pennsylvania’s flagship U.S. Senate race, Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman won the Democratic nomination despite being hospitalized since Friday after suffering a stroke.
His Republican opponent remains to be determined as another Trump-backed candidate, Mehmet Oz, is locked in a close battle with former hedge fund executive David McCormick.
Controversies derail Cawthorn’s re-election bid
U.S. Representative Madison Cawthorn’s unexpected victory in 2020 made him a rising star among Republicans. However, his re-election bid was cut short as the scandals began to pile up. He lost the primary race to State Senator Chuck Edwards, even as former President Donald Trump urged voters to give him a second chance.
He infuriated fellow Republicans in Congress when he alleged he was invited to orgies where people snorted cocaine. He was arrested twice with firearms at airport checkpoints. Then there were the videos that showed Cawthorn in sexually suggestive poses.
Those mistakes ended his unceremonious re-election bid, reports John Bowden:
Namita SingMay 18, 2022 8:20 a.m.
Betsy Johnson attacks Tina Kotek after her main victory
Former longtime Democratic state senator Betsy Johnson attacked Tina Kotek after winning the Democratic gubernatorial primary, beating state treasurer Tobias Read.
With current Gov. Kate Brown, a progressive Democrat, the state’s top seat is time-limited in the fall.
Ms. Johnson, who is running as an independent, would fight in a three-way race in November with Ms. Kotek and the Republican who wins the gubernatorial primary.
After the initial results, Johnson took to social media describing Ms Kotek as “more Kate Brown than Kate Brown”, a common comparison by opponents of the Democrat hoping to smear her with the historically low approval ratings of the current governor.
“The biggest change Oregon can make this year is putting the people back in control with an independent governor loyal only to Oregonians, not political extremes,” she tweeted.
Namita SingMay 18, 2022 08:02
Fetterman wins Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania Senate seat amid health crisis
Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman won the Democratic nomination for a key US Senate seat the same day he underwent surgery to implant a pacemaker after suffering a stroke.
“I just came out of a procedure to implant a pacemaker with a defibrillator in my heart. We were confident it was a success and I am on track for a full recovery,” he tweeted on Tuesday evening.
“Thank you yinz for the well wishes – it means the world to me. Now back to rest + recovery!” he added.
Read this report from my colleague Shweta Sharma for details:
Namita SingMay 18, 2022 07:32
At the scene of Cawthorn’s stunning defeat in North Carolina
Two very different scenes developed in Hendersonville on Tuesday as two rivals battled it out for the GOP nominee to represent this quiet part of western North Carolina in the Senate.
With the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains in the background, State Senator Chuck Edwards gathered with supporters at a small lodge with a man-made waterfall on the outskirts of town, waiting for the night that might send him to hundreds of miles to Washington.
Across town, at a small auto detailing and tire store rented by her campaign, Madison Cawthorn huddled with close allies and awaited her fate, left in the hands of voters in the 11th congressional district of North Carolina.
John Bowden has the details:
Namita SingMay 18, 2022 07:26
Cawthorn gives final ode to Trump as he loses North Carolina primary
Representative Madison Cawthorn, who received support from Donald Trump, gave the former president a final nod after losing the Republican primary to Chuck Edwards.
“No matter what you’re up against, when Donald Trump backs you, he backs you until the end,” Cawthorn told supporters.
My colleague John Bowden see you:
Namita SingMay 18, 2022 07:16
Holocaust denier Doug Mastiano wins Pennsylvania Republican primary for governor
Pennsylvania state senator Doug Mastriano, one of the biggest proponents of the “big lie,” won the Republican nomination for governor of Keystone State. He will face State Attorney General Josh Shapiro in the November general election.
The Associated Press called Mr. Mastriano’s run Tuesday night.
Mr Mastriano began to take the lead in the polls as the contest ended and won the endorsement of former President Donald Trump, particularly for spouting lies about the 2020 presidential election.
“There is no one in Pennsylvania who has done more or fought harder for electoral integrity than State Senator Doug Mastriano,” Trump said in a statement Saturday. “He exposed the deception, corruption and outright theft of the 2020 presidential election, and will do something about it.”
Read this report by Eric Garcia for details:
Namita SingMay 18, 2022 06:57
‘Too much at stake’ for November election, warns Kotek
Former Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek, who won the Democratic gubernatorial primary, told her fellow party members to work together, reminding them there was ‘too much at stake’ in the November elections.
“I think it’s important to remember that all Democrats in this race share a similar vision of what we want the state to be,” she said in her victory speech, speaking to a crowd of supporters in Portland on Tuesday night.
“We will all work together to make sure we win. He’s a Democrat – which I win in November, because frankly, there’s too much at stake.
While Oregon hasn’t seen a GOP governor in 35 years, political pundits believe Republicans have an opening for victory amid widespread discontent in the state and a possible vote split. between the majority parties as unaffiliated Betsy Johnson runs for governor in the fall. .
“It will be a three-way race for our state’s highest office. And it will be an election that none of us have ever seen,” Ms Kotek said on Tuesday evening.
Namita SingMay 18, 2022 06:47
Main midterm primaries in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Idaho
Here are the top results from Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Idaho and Kentucky
Republican Governor of Idaho brad little defeated its main contest challenger Janice McGeachin, the state’s lieutenant governor who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump.
Another Trump-backed candidate, U.S. Representative Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina, lost the race for the Republican nomination to defend his seat after a series of controversies.
He drew widespread criticism for calling Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a “thug” and for saying he witnessed cocaine use and was invited to orgies in Washington.
Ted Bud, Mr. Trump’s choice for the U.S. Senate in North Carolina, beat former Governor Pat McCrory to win the Republican primary. He will face the Democrat Cheri Beasley in the November elections.
Meanwhile, the Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania John Fetterman claimed victory in the Democratic nomination race for the U.S. Senate race amid a health crisis.
He emerged victorious just hours after having a pacemaker fitted as he recovered from a stroke.
Namita SingMay 18, 2022 6:45 a.m.
Idaho governor fends off Trump-backed challenger for Republican gubernatorial nomination
Idaho Governor Brad Little is expected to beat Republican leading gubernatorial candidate Janice McGeachin, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump.
Mr Little, who has focused his re-election campaign on his record of cutting red tape, cutting taxes and opposing Covid mandates, will push back on his deputy governor, according to Edison Research.
He will likely face educator Stephen Heidt, a Democrat and independent Ammon Bundy in the Nov. 8 general election.
Namita SingMay 18, 2022 05:33
Mastriano, backed by Trump, wins Republican nomination for governor of Pennsylvania
Doug Mastriano won the Republican nomination for governor of Pennsylvania by defeating eight other candidates and a party establishment that had tried to block his nomination for fear of being too extreme to win the presidential battleground general election. .
Mr. Mastriano, a retired U.S. Army colonel and state senator since 2019, will face Democrat Josh Shapiro in the November election.
Endorsed by former President Donald Trump, he was once seen as a fringe candidate and largely avoided interviews with independent news outlets.
“We’ve had the most laborious campaign of this primary,” Mr. Mastriano told a cheering crowd at a Chambersburg event hall. “We are going to have the most laborious campaign of the general election.”
Namita SingMay 18, 2022 05:16