It was early night in Ohio.
Despite questions about turnout in bad weather, the results of Tuesday’s state primaries did not produce many surprises.
“Hill Billy Elegy” writer JD Vance, who rebuilt himself as an avid supporter of Donald J. Trump in the biggest race of the night, Won the attention-grabbing Republican Senate Primary After his struggling campaign was lifted by decisive support from the former president last month.
Here are some key points from one of the first major primary nights in the 2022 mid-cycle:
It was a good night not only for Vance but also for Donald Trump.
Mr. Vance’s victory in a crowded area that solidified support on the day of the vote was clearly good news for Mr. Trump.Former president Approval on April 15 I came when Mr. Vance was almost dead. Instead, with the help of allies, including Mr. Trump and Donald Trump Jr., Mr. Vance turned the campaign around.
“If Mr. Trump supports Mr. Vance, he will be a good person,” said Kurt Oster, 59, a voter in Eaton, Ohio.
It was Josh Mandel, a former Ohio treasurer who ran as a solid Trump loyalist, who chased Vance by a relatively wide margin, and like Vance, did so to himself. Faced with criticism for being distorted. Senator seeking a more moderate voter. Mr Dolan appeared to have gained support in the early vote, and other campaigns were closely monitoring his apparent rise.
However, the fact that Vance and Mandel won more than 50% of the total votes cast as Trump support candidates gives the former president a lasting grip on certain races, especially the Senate primary where voters fight people. It tells us not to run their state, but for them in Washington.
In the general election, Vance, who grew up as an activist in the process of the Primary, meets Rep. Tim Ryan, a moderate Democrat who claims to understand the concerns of the white working class in Ohio. .. Some of Trump’s rationale for supporting Vance is that Ryan is a strong candidate and Vance is in the best position to take on him, according to Republicans briefed on support. It was his belief.
It’s not clear how much Vance’s message will change in the state’s general elections, which are becoming more and more hostile to Democrats. Ryan, who is trying to get blue-collar workers back for the party, has signaled an attempt to portray Yale Law School graduate and venture capitalist Vance as a cocktail party circuit and a creature in Silicon Valley.But he Faced with a difficult battle In Ohio.
For the governor, Ohio Republican voters preferred a familiar face.
That night wasn’t entirely from Mr. Trump and trumpism.
Governor Mike DeWine easily nominates a Republican for another term, despite offending many of the party’s Trump factions about what he saw as his heavy hand in controlling a pandemic. I won.Last month, DeWine said he I promise to celebrate Ulysses S. Grant 200th Anniversary.
His main enemy, Jim Renatch, sought Mr. Trump’s support, but largely did not secure it. He was never a serious threat.. Mr. Renatch’s “Ohio First” campaign was clearly a response to Mr. Trump’s presidential bid, but he never gained momentum.
As the Republicans who supported the impeachment left, Trump’s allies rose.
One of Mr. Trump’s other victories in Ohio was the victory of Max Miller, a young former aide who worked for him at the White House.
With Mr. Trump’s encouragement, Mr. Miller ran for Congress with a deep bond in his family in an attempt to take out a Republican who initially resolved to impeach Mr. Trump after the parliamentary riot. bottom. The member, Anthony Gonzalez, dropped out.But when the seat is redrawn SubdivisionMr. Miller ran in another district, and Won his primary Tuesday night.
Despite some ugly headlines — Miller was accused of domestic violence by one of his former girlfriend, Trump’s spokesman, Stephanie Grisham, and alleged he denied before defamation. He is expected to easily carry a safe and conservative district in November.
And if he wins, another lawmaker who started running for revenge will blame the former president for his political rise.
It’s better to be the only Trump acolyte than to establish the only Republican in the race.
Splitting Protrump’s vote did not save Mr. Doran’s candidacy in the Senate’s Primary, but splitting the Republican vote did not save Protrump’s candidate in the Ninth Parliamentary District of northwestern Ohio. Brought an amazing victory to.
JR Majewski, a strong businessman Painted his vast backyard on one giant playing card sign In 2020 Acquired the right To challenge Representative of Mercy Captor, A Democrat who has served in Congress for decades. Her district was repainted by a state legislature controlled by the state’s Republican Party and attempted to thwart her bid for the 21st term.
The new line has joined the Primary Association by attracting two Republican members, Senator Teresagavarone and House of Representatives Craig Riedel.Then, almost as a retrofit, came Mr. Majewski, who ran an ad showing him. Carry an assault-style riflePostedLet’s Go Brandon “Rap On his website, he received somewhat inconsistent approval from Mr. Trump at an Ohio rally.
However, while the battle between Gavarone and Riedel seemed to put pressure on Majevsky, Captur may laugh at the end.
Democrats in Ohio showed little willingness to add new “squad” members.
Last August, the lesser-known chairman of the Kaiyahoga County Democratic Party, Shontel Brown, seems to have come out of nowhere. Win the house special election The former co-chair and activist hero of Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign has left after playing against Nina Turner in Cleveland.
In Washington, the establishment of the Democratic Party was anxious to keep Ms. Turner away from home. She planned to create something like a career bashing centrist Democrats and become a reckless voice in an expanding “squad” of progressive members of Congress. Mr Brown was seen by many on the left as a creation of the facility.
No one was surprised when Turner challenged Brown to rematch at this year’s Democratic Primary.
Her pitch was supposed to be different this year. Crossover Republicans in the suburbs of Cleveland, who helped Mr Brown in a special election, will not be available this time as they will vote in the Republican primary. The redrawn district was still overwhelmingly democratic, more concentrated in and around Cleveland, where Turner was based.
However, Mr Brown was able to run for incumbent rather than unknown this year and point out a vote for bipartisan infrastructure law. Congressional Progressive Caucus supported her, blunting her backing that Turner might have received from Sanders’ support and late support from New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez.
And with a disappointing blow to Turner and the activists leaving, Brown Easily won the rematch..
Kevin Williams Contributed to a report from Eaton, Ohio.