5/8 Primaries Recap: The News You Didn’t See

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National news media only seems to cover the biggest primary election stories, like the federal races in the Senate and the House, and even then, only for those races they think deserve attention. To be effective citizen advocates, however, we need the information for every race.

Here are the convenient links for the federal AND state level races, some important stories you might have seen on election night, and a few news items that may have passed you by.

INDIANA

Results for the U.S. Senate and House races: https://www.politico.com/election-results/2018/indiana/

News: VP Mike Pence’s older brother, Greg Pence, won his primary for the 6th congressional district.

Results for the state Senate and House races: http://www.wishtv.com/election/indiana-primary-2018-results-state-senate-house-races/1167584518

NORTH CAROLINA

Results for the U.S. House raceshttps://www.politico.com/election-results/2018/north-carolina/

News: Incumbent Robert Pittenger, the U.S. Rep from NC District 9 lost his primary, the first to do so in 2018.

Results for judicial and state Senate and House races (use the “Office” menu to choose which set of races you want to view: https://er.ncsbe.gov/?election_dt=05/08/2018&county_id=0&office=NCS&contest=0

News: There were several upsets in the state races, including several incumbents who did not win their primaries.

OHIO

Results for Governor and the U.S. Senate and House races: https://www.politico.com/election-results/2018/ohio/

Results for statewide ballot measures and state Senate and House races: http://radio.wosu.org/post/2018-ohio-primary-results-statewide-races#stream/0

News: Ohio voted overwhelmingly passed the gerrymandering reform ballot measure. The new redistricting process will be in place in 2020 when the district lines are redrawn.

WEST VIRGINIA

Results for the U.S. Senate and House races: https://www.politico.com/election-results/2018/west-virginia/

News: Richard Ojeda burst onto the national stage when he defended the West Virginia teachers’ strike. He won his primary handily and gives the Democrats a great chance at flipping the otherwise very-red 3rd district.

Results for the state Senate are here and the state House are here (The winners are noted with the green check mark.)

OTHER TAKEAWAYS

Women candidates did extremely well in the Tuesday primaries, especially compared to previous years. Over half of the Democrats who won their primaries this week were women.

In North Carolina, two Democratic candidates for district attorney who ran on a platform that includes criminal justice reform, won their primaries.

Rachel Crooks won her uncontested primary for a state legislature seat in Ohio. Crooks is one of the women who has accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct.

Republican voters voted for pro-Trump candidates in the Senate primaries.

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