On Wednesday, both Gardner and Bliss pointed to results in OH, the week's busiest primary state, as proof that Democratic turnout was flagging. The issue won 75 percent of the statewide vote.
In Ohio, the top three Republican Senate candidates spent about $2.9 million total, or roughly a third of the spending in Indiana.
A 48 percent increase sounds like a lot, and it is, but there's more to the story. The big race to watch is the Republican primary for Democratic Sen. And from 2014 to 2018, Democratic turnout was up by 54 percent, an improvement on the Republicans. Teachers ultimately won a 5 percent pay increase after a nine-day strike, and their success ignited similar teacher walkouts in other states.
There was plenty of good news for Republicans in Ohio. He urged Republicans to unite after a five-way primary that saw investment banker Mike Gibbons sue him and accuse him of making defamatory campaign statements including that Gibbons was anti-Trump.
Trump-backed Rep. Jim Renacci is projected to win the GOP Senate primary in OH, according to NBC. Senator Sanders himself stayed out of the race.
In other states, signs of new Republican enthusiasm were hard to find. "And look, Donald Trump has an 84 percent approval rating in West Virginia among Republicans, and that hurt". In Indiana, 506,492 votes were cast in a three-way Senate primary.
In West Virginia, Tuesday's primary includes races for U.S. Senate, U.S. House and the Legislature.
This is a story line that just won't die - and probably shouldn't, pending the messy primaries next month in California.
Brown, the Democratic incumbent, has always been tough on trade, and he praised Trump's moves to raise tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Pat Tiberi. The race had become a proxy fight between Tiberi, a GOP moderate, and conservative Republican Rep. Jim Jordan. Tremendous voter energy and excitement, and all candidates are those who have a great chance of winning in November. Primary elections in three of these states-West Virginia, Indiana and OH, as well as North Carolina-were held on May 8th. So far, in every swing seat race that pitted a more left-wing nominee against a party-favored center-left nominee, the left wing has lost. In some safe House districts, the primary winner will effectively determine the general election victor. Braun will challenge Democratic Sen. Richard Ojeda, a hard-to-define populist candidate who nonetheless voted for Trump over Clinton. He's planning a series of big-stage events targeting vulnerable Senate Democrats and mobilizing his most fervent supporters on behalf of Republicans after primaries this week that saw GOP congressmen lose in key races.
None of these candidates ran on impeachment. And he dismissed Trump's portrayal of him as a socialist: "People have very blurry goggles on". Clinging to a 2-seat Senate majority, Republicans are well positioned to challenge at least two Senate Democrats this fall - West Virginia's Joe Manchin and Indiana's Joe Donnelly - who are facing re-election in the heart of Trump country.
There was a similar shift away from the Republicans in the Third Congressional District, which comprises the southern third of West Virginia, including Huntington and Beckley. "He also does not believe it should be Joe Manchin", Thomas said, the Hill reported. It spent just $47,000 attacking Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, a former lobbyist and transplant from New Jersey, who is now the Republican nominee. President Donald Trump won the state by about 20 percentage points in 2016.
In Ohio, Democrats pointed out that Renacci - who jumped into the race after longtime rising star Josh Mandel quit it for personal reasons - had only muddled through. Gov. John Kasich, R, whose moderate views have put him at odds with many in his party, is term-limited. And while Renacci won his northeast OH base, he lost three of the nine counties - the ones along Lake Erie - that had switched from Obama to Trump.