DemDaily: Primary Results! Indiana, Ohio, North Carolina & West Virginia

May 9, 2018

Four state primaries were held yesterday - in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia. To follow: the major results and takeaways!


Senator Joe Donnelly (D) will be challenged by Mike Braun (R) (pic Herald-Bulletin)

* Denotes Incumbent. Open Seats are Bolded.

In a state where Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton by 19 points in 2016, incumbent Senator Joe Donnelly (D) will face stiff general election opposition from former State Representative and wealthy businessman Mike Braun (R), who defeated two members of Congress in a nasty primary to take the Republican Senate nomination.

In Indiana's open 4th Congressional District, vacated by incumbent Todd Rokita (R) to run for the US Senate seat, Democrat Tobi Beck bested five competitors to take the nomination, and will challenge Republican Jim Baird, who was victorious over six other candidates.

In the other open seat in Indiana 6, held by incumbent Republican Luke Messer who waged an unsuccessful bid in the US Senate primary, Democrat Jeannine Lake and Republican Greg Pence advance to the general election.  Pence is the brother of Vice President Mike Pence.

US Senate Joe Donnelly*  Mike Braun
US House CD 1: Peter Visclosky*
CD 2: Mel Hall
CD 3: Courtney Tritch 
CD 4: Tobi Beck
CD 5: Dee Thornton
CD 6: Jeannine Lake
CD 7: Andre Carson*
CD 8: William Tanoos
CD 9: Liz Watson
CD 1: Mark Leyva
CD 2: Jackie Walorski*
CD 3: Jim Banks*
CD 4: Jim Baird (Open Seat)
CD 5: Susan Brooks*
CD 6: Greg Pence (Open Seat)
CD 7: Wayne Harmon
CD 8: Larry Bucshon*
CD 9: Trey Hollingsworth*

9th CD Democratic nominee Dan McCready

Although no statewide offices are up in 2018, Democrats are holding out hope of flipping at least one Congressional District.

In the 9th CD, three-term Republican Congressman Robert Pittenger became the first US House incumbent to be defeated, losing his party's nomination to Baptist preacher Mark Harris by 2%.  Harris will face Democrat Dan McCready, a 34-year old military veteran whose candidacy had already put the seat in play.

North Carolina's 13th and 2nd Congressional Districts also hold outside potential for Democratic takeovers.

US House CD 1: G.K. Butterfield*
CD 2: Linda Coleman
CD 3: No Democrat Filed
CD 4: David Price*
CD 5: Denise Adams
CD 6: Ryan Watts
CD 7: Kyle Horton
CD 8: Frank McNeill
CD 9: Dan McCready
CD 10: David Wilson Brown
CD 11: Phillip Price
CD 12: Alma Adams*
CD 13: Kathy Manning
CD 1: Roger Allison
CD 2: George Holding*
CD 3: Walter Jones*
CD 4: Steve Von Loor
CD 5: Virginia Foxx*
CD 6: Mark Walker*
CD 7: David Rouzer*
CD 8: Richard Hudson*
CD 9: Mark Harris (beat *Robert Pittenger)
CD 10: Patrick Henry*
CD 11: Mark Meadows*
CD 12: Paul Wright
CD 13: Ted Budd*

Ohio Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Richard Cordray & running mate Betty Sutton (pic: SANews)

The long-standing adage of "as Ohio goes, so does the country" in the presidential race, which has held true for 52 years, continues to make Ohio a critical battleground state.

With the exit of incumbent John Kasich, who is term-limited, all eyes are on the open gubernatorial contest, as well as the challenge to Democratic incumbent Senator Sherrod Brown who, like Kasich, is considered a presidential contender.

In the Governor's race former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray handily beat former Congressman Dennis Kucinich and four other candidates to secure the Democratic nomination. Cordray will go to battle against current Republican State Attorney General Mike DeWine in what is expected to be a tough general election contest.

In the general election for the US Senate seat, Sherrod Brown, who was unopposed in the primary, will face Congressman Jim Renacci, who beat a field of four other candidates.

In Ohio's open 12th Congressional District, the primary contest was for two general election races - one to be held in the August 7th Special Election to fill the remaining term of former Congressman Pat Tiberi (R), who resigned in January. Regardless of the winner in August, Democrat Danny O'Connor and Republican Troy Balderson will run again in the November general election to fill next year's term.

In Ohio's other open seat, the 16th CD vacated by Renacci to run for US Senate, Democrat Susan Palmer and Republican Anthony Gonzalez will face off in the general.

Governor Richard Cordray Mike DeWine
US Senate Sherrod Brown* Jim Renacci 
US House CD 1: Aftab Pureval
CD 2: Jill Schiller
CD 3: Joyce Beatty*
CD 4: Janet Garrett 
CD 5: Michael Galbraith
CD 6: Shawna Roberts
CD 7: Ken Harbaugh
CD 8: Vanessa Enoch
CD 9: Marcy Kaptur*
CD 10: Theresa Gasper
CD 11: Marcia Fudge*
CD 12: Danny O'Connor
CD 13: Tim Ryan*
CD 14: Betsy Rader
CD 15: Rick Neal
CD 16: Susan Palmer
CD 1: Steve Chabot*
CD 2: Brad Wenstrup*
CD 3: Jim Burgess
CD 4: Jim Jordan*
CD 5: Bob Latta*
CD 6: Bob Johnson*
CD 7: Bob Gibbs*
CD 8: Warren Davidson*
CD 9: Steve Kraus
CD 10: Mike Turner*
CD 11: Beverly Goldstein
CD 12: Troy Balderson (Special/Open)
CD 13: Chris DePizzo
CD 14: David Joyce*
CD 15: Steve Stivers*
CD 16: Anthony Gonzalez (Open Seat)

Senator Joe Manchin (D) will face Patrick Morrisey (pic: Getty)

Democrat Joe Manchin will face a tough re-election fight for his Senate seat in November, in a state where Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton by over 40 points.

His opposition -- Republican State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who beat a field of six candidates, including Don Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy, convicted for the death of 29 miners in a 2010 mining accident.

In West Virginia's Third Congressional District, Democrat Richard Ojeda will face Republican Carol Miller in November to fill the seat left open by incumbent Evan Jenkins' unsuccessful challenge to Morrisey for the Republican Senate nomination.

US Senate Joe Manchin* Patrick Morrisey
US House CD 1: Kendra Fershee
CD 2: Talley Sergent
CD 3: Richard Ojeda
CD 1: David McKinley*
CD 2: Alex Mooney*
CD 3: Carol Miller (Open Seat)

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Sources: NBCNews, Ballotpedia, Politico, WOSU Radio

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