GOP establishment fares well in key primaries

Republican primary voters on Tuesday nominated several Senate candidates deemed to have good chances against vulnerable Democrats in the fall midterms, rejecting controversial candidates that party strategists considered to be likely losers in a general election. Anti-Washington coal baron Don Blankenship, who had claimed to be “Trumpier than Trump,” lost to former lobbyist and congressional aide Patrick Morrisey in West Virginia. In Indiana, businessman Mike Braun, who also mocked Washington, beat Reps. Todd Rokita and Luke Messer, who called for Trump to get the Nobel Peace Prize. On the Democratic side, Richard Cordray, the former head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, handily beat liberal activist and former representative Dennis Kucinich for the nomination to face Attorney General Mike DeWine in the Ohio governor’s race.

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