High-profile mentions of former President Trump had mixed results Tuesday night, in the broadest test of his call, and the Progressives appear to have had a strong performance, although some races have yet to be called early. Wednesday morning.
Five states had primary contests on Tuesday. One of the most watched races, the GOP primary for a Senate seat in Pennsylvania is still too close to be called, with Trump-endorsed Mehmet Oz holding a slight advantage over David McCormick. Democrats chose progressive John Fetterman over moderate Conor Lamb to face the GOP nominee in November.
In the race for state governor, CBS News projects far-right Doug Mastriano will win. Democrats united behind Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who did not face a primary challenger.
In one of the biggest upsets of the night, CBS News projects that Chuck Edwards will win the primary for the 11th congressional district,.
Here are the main primary results by state:
Polls closed at 8 p.m. ET in closely watched Pennsylvania, the fifth-largest state by population and a perennial swing state. Republican Senator Pat Toomey is retiring, leaving his seat open. By Wednesday morning, Republicans Dr. Mehmet Oz, who was backed by President Trump, and David McCormick were locked in a close battle for the nomination.a conservative Steve Bannon once called “the ultra MAGA,” said Tuesday night that she was not conceding yet.
Oz said Tuesday night “when it’s this close, what do you expect? Everything about this campaign has been tight.”
If the statewide race ends with less than a 0.5% margin of victory, there will be an automatic recount.
On the Democratic side, CBS News predicts Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman will win the nomination. Fetterman defeated U.S. Representative Conor Lamb and State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta. Fetterman, who supported Sen. Bernie Sanders in 2016, suffered a stroke on Friday caused by a clot, and his campaign released a statement on Tuesday saying he would receive a pacemaker along with a defibrillator. Fetterman tweeted a photo of himself on Tuesday vote from the hospital with an emergency postal vote.
Fetterman’s wife, Gisele Barreto Fetterman, delivered her victory speech on Tuesday, as Fetterman remains hospitalized. The campaign also released a video of Fetterman thanking his supporters.
“This race that we are running is a race for the future,” said Gisele Barreto Fetterman. “It’s a race for every job that’s been lost, every factory that’s been closed, every cost that’s gone up, every worker that can’t keep up. It’s a race for a better Pennsylvania.”
President Joe Biden also sent a message congratulating Fetterman, saying “Democrats are united around John, who is a strong candidate, will have a tough race and can win in November.”
In the gubernatorial race, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolfe has a term limit, and Democrats united behind state Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who ran unchallenged in his primary ballot.
On the Republican side, CBS News projects that Doug Mastriano will win. Establishment Republicans feared the far-right Trump-backed senator could win the general election. He defeated several challengers, including former Representative Lou Barletta, former U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain and businessman Dave White.
“Failed politicians and politics stirred up so many of us who wanted nothing to do with politics,” Mastriano said in his victory speech. “There’s this move here that’s going to shock the state here on November 8.”
In the seat of Democrat Lamb, the 17th District swing in the Pittsburgh area, CBS News is projecting that Chris Deluzio will win. He defeated Democratic National Committee member Sean Meloy.
In Pennsylvania’s 12th District, progressive, Sanders-backed state Rep. Summer Lee is locked in a close race against Steve Irwin, who is backed by retired Democratic Rep. Matt Doyle.
Polling places are now closed in Kentucky. In the Kentucky Senate primaries, CBS News projects Sen. Rand Paul will win the Republican nomination and CBS News projects Charles Booker, a progressive candidate who ran for the Democratic nomination to challenge the Minority Leader in the Senate Mitch McConnell in 2020, will win the Democratic nomination.
CBS News projects that Rep. Ted Budd, backed by former President Trump, will win the Republican nomination for the North Carolina Senate. CBS News projects that Cheri Beasley will win the Democratic Senate nomination in that state. The seat is open, with Republican Senator Richard Burr retiring.
In North Carolina’s 11th District, CBS News projects Chuck Edwards will win, beating incumbent freshman Rep. Madison Cawthorn. Edwards’ campaign said Cawthorn conceded.
Republican Senator Thom Tillis, who has expressed his disapproval of Cawthorn, backed Edwards, a state senator, in the primary, saying “unfortunately, Madison Cawthorn falls way short of even the most basic standards that Western North Carolina expects its representatives, and voters now have several qualified candidates to choose from, which would be a significant improvement.”
Cawthorn has faced a number of scandals, to call the Ukrainian presidenta “thug”, getting caught driving with a revoked license, bringing a at a Charlotte airport to ethical complaints of alleged misconduct towards its staff.
In North Carolina’s 4th District, CBS drafts indicate Senator Valerie Foushee will win. She defeated Durham County Commissioner backed by Senator Elizabeth Warren, Nida Allam, who would have become the first Muslim woman to hold public office in North Carolina, and “American Idol” contestant Clay Aiken. Current Congressman, Democrat David Price, is retiring.
In North Carolina’s 13th District, outside of Raleigh, CBS News projects Bo Hines will win. Trump backed Hines, a 26-year-old college football rookie.
Polls closed statewide at 11 p.m. ET in Idaho. Polls closed statewide at 11 p.m. ET in Idaho. CBS News predicted that Brad Little will win the Republican primary, fending off a lead challenge from Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin.
McGeachin had run to Little’s right, and she falsely claimed the 2020 election was stolen.
She’s not the only one running around the state of Idaho making these claims. Two of the three Republican candidates vying to be Idaho’s Chief Electoral Officer have falsely claimed that President Biden did not win the 2020 election. State Rep. Dorothy Moon signed a letter d an Arizona lawmaker calling for a ’50-state audit’ of the 2020 election.
Oregon, which has mail-in elections, had an 11 p.m. ET deadline for all ballots to be returned or postmarked.
Congressman for Oregon’s 5th District, Democrat Kurt Schrader, has the support of President Joe Biden, but faces a major challenge from progressive Jamie McLeod Skinner.
In Oregon’s 6th District, state Representative Andrea Salinas and tech researcher Carrick Flynn are locked in one of the country’s most expensive and controversial Democratic primaries. Salinas has the support of BOLD PAC, the campaign arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, while Flynn is endorsed by the House Majority PAC, a group aligned with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California.
Sen. Jeff Merkley, a Democrat who did not endorse the primary, called the majority House PAC’s involvement “completely wrong.”