But in IN, the Republican Senate nomination did land with a self-funding businessman who mocked his two main opponents - both sitting House members - as creatures of the establishment who look, vote, and even dress alike. Thomas said President Trump's tweet made that much of a difference.
In Indiana, Braun's win sets up one of the nation's marquee Senate races, with Donnelly looking like the Democratic incumbent who could be in the most jeopardy. Todd Rokita and Luke Messer.
In the week leading up to the vote, there was national media attention to Blankenship, amid claims that his campaign was "surging", although attendance at his campaign events was invariably poor. In the waning days of the primary, the polls suggested that Blankenship had a real chance of winning, but in the end he finished a distant third.
Trump won West Virginia's five electoral votes so handily that he likely never had to step foot in the state again. One thing I would note is that, you know, we've been reading so many stories about this big blue wave that is going to hit elections this fall that we've stopped looking at some of the contrary indications - the president's job approval slowly inching up, the generic ballot closing, the gap that we've had against - versus Democrats has been closing. There is no reason to believe that Trump had such an impact.
Rachel Crooks, one of the 19 women who have accused President Trump of sexual misconduct, officially won her uncontested primary in Ohio.
The primary became a test of President Donald Trump's clout. The White House anxious that Blankenship's baggage would make it all but impossible to defeat Manchin.
The contentious contest between three top candidates for West Virginia's U.S. Senate seat has been called for Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. But he spent more than $5 million of his own money on the race, allowing him to dwarf his opponents, GOP Reps.
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"The GOP outperformed Democrats in every single statewide race, and GOP turnout was up 48 percent over 2014", Bliss told the New York Times columnist Frank Bruni in an interview. Joe Manchin may not be easy to knock off, but Morrissey probably gives Republicans their best shot.
In Ohio's high-profile governor's race, Democrats nominated Obama-era consumer watchdog Richard Cordray while Republicans selected state Attorney General Mike DeWine. Even more distressing for Manchin is the decline in the number of votes he received.
The tactics of the candidates in Tuesday's elections, winners and losers alike, should put to rest the notion that Trump has lost any of his popularity among the base of voters who elected him in 2016.
In the Second Congressional District of West Virginia, former Clinton State Department official Talley Sergent defeated another military-intelligence candidate, Aaron Scheinberg, a West Point graduate and Iraq War veteran.
Ohioans also overwhelmingly approved a measure to reform congressional redistricting.
U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, with Trump's support, won the Republican primary to challenge Democratic Sen.
Four-term Republican state Rep. Robert Sprague, of Findlay, won the GOP primary for state treasurer over former Ashtabula County Auditor Sandra O'Brien. McCready heads into the general election with $1.2 million in the bank compared to about $70,000 for Harris, a former pastor.