Women candidates soar in Virginia's U.S. House primaries

Women candidates soar in Virginia's U.S. House primaries

Women candidates soar in Virginia's U.S. House primaries

Among the local elections in the primaries are the City Council District 2 contest between Democrats incumbent Pat Gibson-Hye Moore and LaShonda NeSmith-Jackson, the four Republicans, Betty Dowling, Debra Dennis, James "Junior" Lawhon, and Benjy Walsh, battling for county auditor, and the probate judge Republican primary between Jesse Cartrette Jr. and Emily Jordan. Bob Corker, aren't running for re-election.

Voters using the Democratic Party ballot this primary election have a choice to make about which candidate for Attorney General they would like to see on the general ballot this November. He faces strong challengers in Catherine Templeton and John Warren, among others.

One of the Democrats, Dan Helmer, an Army veteran and Rhodes Scholar recruited to run for Congress by the bipartisan leadership organization New Politics, grabbed headlines for a television ad comparing Trump to Osama bin Laden. The victor will take on incumbent Republican Dave Brat in November.

Top political pundits and veteran campaign operatives struggled to see much daylight between the candidates, advising partisan voters to focus on who would be best positioned to win the general election November 6.

Voters in ME will be the first in the nation to use the system in a statewide election that lets voters rank candidates by preference rather than choosing just one.

As Cramer seeks to move into the U.S. Senate - he won his own primary against a little-known opponent - Armstrong is hoping to keep the GOP's grip on a seat the party has held since 2010.

There are now no Democratic women in Virginia's 11-seat congressional delegation.

Two Democrats could have wound up facing off against one another for governor, leaving the state's Republicans with no candidate to support. The race is a top pickup opportunity for Republicans, who are trying to hold onto a narrow 51-to-49 Senate advantage.

In the 5th District, Archie Parnell won the Democratic nomination even after divorce papers surfaced from almost 45 years ago saying he beat his wife.

After last week's primaries in California, Alabama, Iowa and other states, 114 women have won their primary elections.

"As I've said before, no elected official is entitled to his job", O'Brien said, adding that he welcomes other candidates and has met Merkl.

The Democratic Party has seen some intraparty fights this year between liberals and moderates, and that happened again in the race for Nevada governor.

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Corey Stewart, a combative conservative Republican and immigration hardliner who almost upset Ed Gillespie for the party's gubernatorial nomination past year, won the right to face Democratic Senator Tim Kaine, the 2016 vice presidential candidate, in November's U.S. Senate election in November. But he has to divide them with former investment banker (and Mitt Romney's nephew) Doug Robinson and surprise primary qualifier Greg Lopez, who delivered a red-meat conservative speech and took the anti-Stapleton vote in the April state assembly, pushing out Attorney General Cynthia Coffman.

In North Dakota, a state that Donald Trump carried by almost 36 points in 2016, Rep. Kevin Cramer won the Republican nomination for Senate to challenge Heitkamp.

And Mac Schneider will represent the Democratic Party after running unopposed in the primary, while Kelly Armstrong will represent the Republicans after winning 56.3 percent.

Democrats are making an all-out push to retake control of state legislatures across the United States this fall.

With 100% of precincts reporting: Elaine Luria is the unofficial victor for the Democratic nomination of the District 2 House of Representatives seat.

ME voters are deciding on a successor to term-limited, conservative Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

SC has multiple intra-party feuds that - likely - will be resolved on primary night.

"The leading [2018] Democratic contenders [for governor].have pledged new spending on social programs", Reid Wilson reports in The Hill. CNN rates this race as Lean Democrat. He resigned as governor in 2009 over an extramarital affair only to win back his old House seat in a 2013 special election.

Businessman Brandon Brown and accountant Doris Lee Turner will meet in a runoff to determine the Democratic nominee for the 4th District. Ben Cline, a former staffer to retiring Rep.

In a state represented by moderate Republican Sen.

Daniella Cheslow contributed to this story from Washington.

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