It seemed like a mixed night for the former president, who became preoccupied with trying to choose the winners of midterm contests ahead of a possible White House bid in 2024. One of the candidates he backed in an 11th-hour endorsement — Pennsylvania Republican Doug Mastriano, who defended his campaign lies, will win the gubernatorial nod in Keystone State, CNN predicted.
Holocaust denier wins Pennsylvania governor’s primary
In a state that played a pivotal role in the 2020 election, Mastriano is seeking a position that would allow him to influence state voters in the 2024 presidential race. He will face Democrat Josh Shapiro , the current state attorney general, in November.
In a taste of the murderous race to come, Shapiro immediately issued a statement on Tuesday evening calling Mastriano a “dangerous extremist who wants to take away our freedoms”, accusing the Republican of seeking to “restrict voting and spread theories of the conspiracy”.
In his victory speech Tuesday night, Mastriano rejected the “extreme” label, arguing that Democrats’ Covid-19 public health measures were extreme.
“On day one, all warrants are gone. On day one, every shot for job requirements is gone,” he said to cheers. “There is a move here that will shock the state in November.”
Madison Cawthorn loses
Cawthorn, the controversial Trump-backed freshman congressman, conceded his North Carolina primary to state Sen. Chuck Edwards on Tuesday night, according to Cawthorn’s spokesperson.
Cawthorn’s concession marked an incredibly rapid downfall for a young conservative who was once seen as a potential GOP star after replacing Mark Meadows, who left Congress to become Trump’s chief of staff.
North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis had backed Edwards, telling CNN it was the first time in his career that he had opposed a sitting Republican.
Edwards confirmed the call for remarks to supporters on Tuesday night.
“I received a call from Congressman Cawthorn a few minutes ago. As I expected, he introduced himself in a very elegant and humble manner and offered his support for our campaign in every way. possible for us to use it.”
Democrat Cheri Beasley, who was the first black woman to lead North Carolina’s Supreme Court as chief justice, will be the party’s Senate candidate in the state, CNN predicted on Tuesday. Her main rivals had dropped out of the primary before Tuesday.
A test for Biden too
Schrader pushed for an alternative provision and ultimately voted for the full bill, but not before joining a group of nine moderates in an effort to disassociate him from the bipartisan infrastructure bill – a tactical step that ultimately helped condemn Build Back Better, Biden’s nominee signing legislation – in the Senate.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misinterpreted the potential historical significance of Barnette winning the Pennsylvania Senate seat. She would become the first black Republican woman elected to the Senate.
Greg Krieg contributed to this story.