Key Results From Tuesday’s Primaries

North Carolina and Pennsylvania votes for open Senate seats highlighted a list of primaries Tuesday that also included races in Idaho, Kentucky and Oregon.

Here’s how races for open seats and for districts expected to be the most competitive in November turned out, based on election race calls by The Associated Press.

North Carolina

Budd, Beasley wins Senate primaries: GOP Rep. Ted Budd, who had an early endorsement from former President Donald Trump, was the early winner of the nomination for retiring Sen. Richard M. Burr’s seat on Tuesday night.

Budd will face former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley who won her Democratic primary Tuesday. Should Beasley win in November, she would be North Carolina’s first Black senator.

In the 11th district, State senator Chuck Edwards defeated incumbent freshman Rep. Madison Cawthorn in their primary.

Cawthorn has been facing a number of scandals, from calling Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy a “thug,” to getting caught driving with a revoked license, to bringing a loaded gun into a Charlotte airport to ethics complaints of alleged misconduct toward his staff.

State Sen. Don Davis, endorsed by retiring Rep. G.K. Butterfield, beat former state Sen. Erica Smith, who was backed by progressives including Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, in the 1st district Democratic primary.


Fetterman wins Democratic Senate primary: Hospitalized over the weekend after suffering a stroke caused by an irregular heartbeat, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman won the primary on the same day he had a pacemaker/defibrillator implanted.

The Republican Senate primary is still too close to call today as hedge fund manager Dave McCormick and former daytime television host Mehmet Oz are separated by less than 1 percentage point, with more mail-in ballots to be counted. If the race ends with less than a 0.5% margin of victory, there will be an automatic recount.

In the governor’s race, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolfe is term-limited, and Democrats have united behind state Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who ran uncontested on their primary ballot.

On the Republican side, state Sen. Doug Mastriano, a far-right Republican who built a large following seeking to overturn President Joe Biden’s win in Pennsylvania, is the GOP nominee for governor.

Should Mastriano, who received former President Donald Trump’s last-minute backing Saturday, prevail in the general election, he would be able to appoint a secretary of state to oversee elections. He has pledged that his choice would “reset” the state’s voter rolls so everyone would “have to re-register.”


McGarvey wins 3rd District Democratic primary: Backed by retiring Rep. John Yarmuth and heavy spending by a cryptocurrency-backed super PAC, state Sen. Morgan McGarvey beat state Rep. Attica Scott.


Schrader trails in 5th District Democratic primary: Rep. Kurt Schrader, a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog caucus, trailed progressive attorney Jamie McLeod-Skinner, but a ballot-printing error delayed results. With an estimated 56 percent of the vote counted, McLeod-Skinner had 61 percent to Schrader’s 39 percent, but ballots in Clackamas County had blurred bar codes that were rejected by automated counting equipment, requiring workers to transfer votes to a duplicate ballot that would be read by machines.


Simpson wins 2nd District GOP primary: Rep. Mike Simpson defeated attorney Bryan Smith and three others for the nomination for a 13th term and a likely move up in House seniority, where he currently ranks 10th in the Republican conference. With an estimated 95 percent of the vote counted, Simpson got 53 percent to Smith’s 32 percent, with three other candidates sharing the rest. The race was called by the AP at 1:56 a.m. Eastern time. Simpson will face first-grade teacher Wendy Norman, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.





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