West Virginia’s Congressman Alex Mooney overwhelmingly defeats Congressman David McKinley in the first primary election in 2022, leaving federal candidates backed by former President Donald J. Trump for the second straight week. I won the primary election.
However, Mr. Trump’s support scorecard was a hit in Nebraska, and his candidate for governor, Charles W. Herbstar, was defeated in a tripartite race with Jim Pilen, the regent of the University of Nebraska, and gained the support of Governor Pete. I did. Ricketts.
Here are four points from the primary nights in Nebraska and West Virginia:
Trump has succeeded in winning in West Virginia.
On paper, West Virginia’s new Second Parliamentary District should have benefited McKinley, 75, who had previously represented a larger area of the territory in search of a seventh term. But Mooney, 50, who once headed the Republican Party in neighboring Maryland, struck almost the entire district on Tuesday, with the exception of Salient in northern Maryland.
Mr. Trump’s support is widely seen as the former president promoting the Mooney campaign in one of the most popular states.
During the race, Mooney slashed McKinley as “RINO” (“Republican name only”), attacking the bipartisan infrastructure bill passed by Congress last year and the Capitol on January 6, 2021. A bipartisan law that creates a committee to consider.
Mr. Trump stood by Mr. Mooney early on and invited him to appear with him at a rally in Pennsylvania last week. So Trump joked that Mooney should beat McKinley “easily”. In some of the eastern counties bordering Maryland, landslide level margins exceed 70%, which he mainly did.
The race took place a week after Mr. Trump helped JD Vance win the expensive Ohio Senate primary and once again showed his influence in favor of House and Senate candidates.
Biden’s approach to governance has been defeated
President Biden did not participate in the vote at the West Virginia House race. But his belief that voters would reward the members of the House who set aside the party to get things done was hit another.
McKinley seems to fit very well with the long West Virginia tradition of lawmakers bringing bacon home (see:). Robert C. Bird).
McKinley campaigned with Governor Jim Justice, who turned from Democratic to Republican, and headed to Democratic Senator Joe Manchin III as a pitchman to the end.
But the Republican primary wasn’t going to compromise.
“Liberal David McKinley endorsed Biden’s $ 1 trillion spending,” said one Mooney ad, which began with a narrator, “broke MAGA’s warning.”
On Tuesday afternoon, Mr Biden delivered a speech admitting that he had miscalculated his belief that Trump-style republicanism would decline with Mr. Trump’s resignation. “Let me say this carefully. I didn’t think the Ultra-MAGA Republicans, who now seem to dominate the Republicans, could dominate the Republicans,” Biden said.
On Tuesday night, West Virginia voters reaffirmed where the party’s power was.
Trump’s pick stumbles at the governor’s race
Herbstar tried to become Prime Minister of Nebraska Governor Referendum on Mr. Trump.. He called it a “proxy war between all Republican organizations and the former president.” He quoted Mr. Trump on every occasion. He appeared with him at the rally.
But after he faced, the race became about Mr. Herbstar himself Criminal accusation of groping Unwanted contact from multiple women in the last few weeks of the race.
Instead, voters went with former Nebraska University football player Pilen. Pilen also ran as a conservative choice with the help of the retiring governor. The third candidate, Brett Lindstrom, a state senator outside Omaha, was campaigning for help from the party’s more moderate factions.
Herbstar will be the first Trump supporter to be defeated at the 2022 Primary, but probably not the last.
Understanding the 2022 midterm elections
Why are these midterms so important? This year’s race could pass on the balance of power in Congress to the Republicans and interfere with the agenda for the second half of President Biden’s term. They also test the role of former President Donald J. Trump as Republican champion. Here’s what you need to know:
The selection of Mr. Trump’s house and Senate so far in 2022 was successful (Mr. Mooney and Mr. Vance). His first pick at the governor’s race stumbled. In the next two weeks, Mr. Trump will support two more Republican governor candidates in Idaho and Georgia. Both are challenging the Republican incumbent and neither is in favor of victory.
Meanwhile, Mr. Trump’s elections in the North Carolina and Pennsylvania Senates both have a chance to win the primary next week.
Republicans have their own urban and rural disparities.
The gap between American urban and local politics is not only a problem between Republicans and Democrats, but also a problem within Republicans.
For the second straight week (after the Ohio Senate election), the results map shows that urban areas continue to be home to more moderate and traditional Republican voters, and rural areas are highly hostile to the brand’s politics. Was shown.
In Ohio, Senator Matt Doran, who did not pursue Mr. Trump’s support, succeeded in the cities of Cleveland and Columbus, but was overwhelmed almost everywhere else.
In Nebraska, another Republican senator, Lindstrom, made the strongest achievements in Omaha’s hometown of Douglas County, but was wiped out in many other parts of the state. In the more rural areas of Nebraska, Lindstrøm rarely exceeded 20% of the votes and sank to single digits in some places.
In Cherry County, the majority of votes were counted, with Lindstrom being less than 7 percent. Meanwhile, Trump-backed Herbstar was over 50 percent, even on his way to the state-wide defeat.
The winner was Pyrene, who had a de facto relationship with Lincoln and Lindstrom in Lancaster County, home of the state’s second-largest voter hub, surpassing both rivals in most other parts of the state. I did.