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Pennsylvania, North Carolina primaries test Trump’s power in the Republican Party | Republicans

Pennsylvania Republicans on Tuesday nominated Donald Trump’s candidate for governor, who is denying the election, who was outside the Capitol on Jan. 6, but shared about his Senate candidate in the next round of primary elections, which also saw the exile of Madison Cowthornescandalous congressman of the first term, in North Carolina.

Voters from five states came to the polls Tuesday to select candidates at the center of some of this year’s most contentious battles for control of Congress, states and the governor’s office. From Oregon to North Carolinafrom Idaho to Kentucky and Pennsylvania, a number of nomination contests tested both Trump’s power over the Republican Party and Joe Biden’s leadership in the Democratic Party.

У Pennsylvania Doug Mastriana, a far-right state senator who has been a key figure in the state’s bid to overturn the state’s 2020 election, will face Democrat Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania’s attorney general, in a long-awaited .

The Associated Press has announced Mastrian, a retired army colonel, is the winner in a crowded field of Republican candidates. Shapiro ran without resistance. Despite his Maga bona fides, Trump backed Mastrian only in the final days of the campaign after he steadily led in the polls. But his candidacy has worried party leaders that he is too extreme to urge voters in the state.

Doug Mastriana, the far-right state senator, will meet with Josh Shapiro in the long-awaited race for the governors of Pennsylvania. Photo: Carolyn Kaster / AP

In North Carolina, Cowthorne was unable to re-elect amid numerous scandals, giving way to Chuck Edwards, a state senator and business owner who held three terms. It was a stunning drop for the 26-year-old congressman, who was once seen as a rising star in the Republican Party.

But his provocative antics have angered many of his colleagues, some of whom have turned sharply against him in the race after he claimed without evidence that Washington figures he “compared” invited him to an orgy and used cocaine. Minority leader in the House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy publicly rebuked Kothorn for the remark.

John Fetterman, vice governor of Pennsylvania, easily won the Democratic primary in the Senate, which was difficult when stroke took Fetterman out of the campaign last weekend before the election. His victory paves the way for one of the toughest Senate races in the cycle – and one of the best opportunities for Democrats to take a seat in a year when they are blown by the political headwind.

Fetterman, a Harvard graduate known for wearing sports shorts and advocating marijuana legalization, beat Congressman Conor Lamb, a moderate who was a close supporter of Biden, and Malcolm Kenyatta, the state’s left-wing lawmaker. Fetherman is expected to be completely cured of the stroke, but was unable to attend the party the night before the election because he is still in hospital.

In a statement, Joe Biden said the election of Fetterman, a liberal Democrat, would be “a big step forward for the working people of Pennsylvania.” Calling him a “strong candidate” who can unite Democrats and win the general election, the president attacked his potential Republican opponent, warning that whoever runs as a candidate is guaranteed to be “too dangerous, too capricious and too extreme”. for on US Senate.

Mehmet Oz stands at the pulpit and speaks in front of a crowd of fans.  The sign on the back reads
Renowned doctor Mehmet Oz lost to Dave McCormick on Tuesday night in a race in the Pennsylvania Senate. Photo: Hannah Beier / Reuters

As of Tuesday, Fetterman’s opponent was not yet known. Mehmet Oz, a famous doctor known as Dr. Oz, followed Dave McCormick, the former CEO of the hedge fund, but the race remained too close to announce. Conservative commentator Katie Barnett, who enjoyed an 11-hour surge when Oz and McCormick attacked each other fiercely, took a distant third place.

“Unfortunately, we will not pass a resolution tonight,” McCormick said during a speech at his party on Tuesday’s election night, citing “tens of thousands” of ballots left to count.

On the Republican side, Oz is struggling to unite the Conservative base behind him. Uz hugged Trump’s false allegation of voter fraud and was awarded the seal of approval of the former president. But when they appeared together at the rally, there were sounds every time Trump mentioned Oz.

Conservatives in the state also looked cool regarding McCormick, the husband of former Trump administration official Dean Powell. During the campaign, he and Oz unloaded their personal battle chests, pitting such a fierce campaign against each other that annoyed voters said they began looking at Barnett.

In several North Carolina states, Congressman Ted Bud, who supports Trump, defeated former Gov. Pat McCrory and a dozen other candidates to get Republicans nominated to the Senate. Bud struggled to gain traction early in the race until unexpected approval from the former president boosted his candidacy. He also received a major boost from the Growth Club, an influential anti-tax group that poured money into the race on his behalf.

Bud will face Democrat Cherry Beasley, a former chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, who easily won her party’s primaries in 10 elections to replace resigning Republican Sen. Richard Baer. Beasley is waiting to climb the mountain in the state where Republicans dominated the Senate race. If he wins, the talented former public defender will go down in history as the first black senator of the southern state.

A failure for the Progressives, State Sen. Valery Fushi defeated Nida Alam, the first Muslim woman ever elected to public office in North Carolina, in the resigning primaries to replace Congressman David Price in North Carolina’s 4th constituency, North Carolina. democratic chair. .

Fushi was one of many candidates who enjoyed the support of the Super Pac affiliated with the U.S. Public Affairs Committee, a pro-Israeli lobby group that poured money into the primary races in order to counter the growth of progressive democrats who are committed to the Palestinian cause.

Madison Cawthorne is sitting in a wheelchair surrounded by fans.
Madison Cowthorne lost the primaries in North Carolina on Tuesday. Photo: Nell Redmond / AP

The group also targeted Summer Lee in recent weeks of her attempts to grab a nomination from the party in Pennsylvania’s tightly democratic constituency.

But as of late Tuesday night, the Progressive Representative seems to have overcome the flow of money spent against her to defeat Steve Irwin in the race to replace Congressman Mike Doyle, who is resigning late next year. Lee’s victory would be a major victory for the progressive movement in a secure democratic seat. If elected, she will be the first black woman to represent the state in Congress.

In a deeply conservative Idaho, incumbent Gov. Brad Little defeated his far-right Lt. Gov. Janice McGitchin, a Trump-backed candidate who twice tried to seize power to ban mandates for coronavirus masks and vaccines when Little was out of state on business. Slightly canceled orders when he returned.

And in OregonCongressman Kurt Schroeder, a moderate Democrat known for his break with his party, hoped to fend off a strong progressive challenge in the race, which was seen as a test of the president’s attractiveness among the party base.

And in the costly struggle for the newly created sixth constituency in the Oregon Congress, Democratic Representative Andrea Salinas led broad primaries involving a political novice backed by a cryptocurrency billionaire. If elected, Salinas will become the state’s first Latin American in Congress.

The incumbent president, who holds seven terms, has been a major target for progressives after joining Republicans in opposition to a $ 1.9 trillion aid package from the Biden pandemic, among other political positions. However, Schroeder was the first candidate to approve the cycle by Biden.

In Kentucky, the state’s top Democrat, Morgan McGarvey, won the party’s primaries and won an open seat in Congress to replace Congressman John Yarmouth, who backed him. He beat up state spokesman Attica Scott, who caught the country’s attention when she sued Louisville police after the arrest during protests against racial justice in the summer of 2020, frustration for movement activists who hope to translate grassroots energy into political gain.

Charles Booker, a former state MP Charles Booker, who became a strong voice against racial justice after the deadly execution of Breona Taylor in 2020, won the Democratic primary in the state Senate. The progressive leader faces great chances in his attempt to oust Republican Senator Rand Paul in November.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/may/17/pennsylvania-north-carolina-primary-races-trump-republicans

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