Crucial primaries for the 2018 midterm elections were held Tuesday in four states, with all races being closely watched by Democrats and Republicans as they weigh their prospects for victory in November.

Tuesday’s primaries were dominated by several contests that are likely to play key roles in the battle for control of the House of Representatives next year.

Pennsylvania

  • In the Republican Senate primary on Tuesday night, Rep. Lou Barletta defeated state Rep. Jim Christiana. President Donald Trump supported Barletta with a last-minute robocall. In November, Barletta will face Democratic incumbent Sen. Bob Casey.
  • Republicans also selected state Sen. Scott Wagner to face Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in the fall.
  • Democrat Susan Wild was victorious in Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District, defeating Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli, who broke from liberal Democrats by tweeting favorably about President Donald Trump and going against the party on abortion and illegal immigration. Wild will contend with Republican Marty Nothstein, former Lehigh County Commissioner.
  • In Bucks County, attorney Scott Wallace, a Democrat, defeated Navy veteran Rachel Reddick, and will face incumbent Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick in the fall.
  • Women claimed victories in a number of contested Democratic primaries. Politico reported, “In addition to Wild, Madeleine Dean, a state legislator, and Mary Scanlon, a former school board member, both won their respective primaries for open, heavily Democratic seats in the Philadelphia suburbs.”
  • In the state’s 8th District, which Trump carried last year, Republicans selected businessman John Chrin to face Democratic Rep. Matt Cartwright.
  • Former state Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser defeated two opponents for the Republican nomination in Pennsylvania’s 9th District.
  • In the 13th District, physician John Joyce won an eight-way primary with just 22 percent of the vote.
  • Republican state Sen. Guy Reschenthaler defeated state Rep. Rick Saccone in the 14th district.

Nebraska

  • Social worker Kara Eastman edged out former Rep. Brad Ashford in the Democratic primary race for the 2nd Congressional District. Democrats had viewed Ashford as a stronger candidate to face Republican Rep. Don Bacon who defeated Ashford in 2016.
  • According to Politico, “Democrats nominated candidates to take on GOP Sen. Deb Fischer and GOP Gov. Pete Ricketts — Lincoln city councilor Jane Raybould and state legislator Bob Krist, respectively — though neither Republican appears vulnerable.”

Idaho

  • Lt. Gov. Brad Little won the GOP nomination to replace retiring three-term Republican Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter. Little was victorious over Rep. Raúl Labrador, who gave up his House seat — in which he had an influential role as a leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus — to run statewide. Little will face former state Rep. Paulette Jordan in the fall.

Oregon

  • Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, will face Republican state Rep. Knute Buehler in the general election, after Buehler won a 10-candidate primary on Tuesday.

 

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