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Four takeaways from the biggest primary night since Super Tuesday

It was the biggest primary night since Super Tuesday, and there were few surprises in the results.

Bernie Moreno won the Republican Senate primary in Ohio, drawing powerful support from former President Donald J. Trump to become the Republican nominee in what is perhaps the most important race in the battle for the Senate in November.

Incumbent representatives also withstood primary challenges in Illinois, and the results of a special primary in California will ultimately decide who completes the term of ousted former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. from his post last year and left Congress shortly after.

Here are four takeaways.

Bernie Moreno, a wealthy former car dealer and political newcomer, emerged victorious in a three-way brawl in the Ohio Republican primary to determine who would face Sherrod Brown, the Democratic incumbent, in a state increasingly republican.

The hotly contested primary proved once again how powerful Mr. Trump's support is, especially in a state like Ohio. The former president supported Mr. Moreno early on, while the Republican establishment tried mightily to promote its chosen candidate, Matt Dolan, a wealthy state senator.

But the star power of Ohio's Republican governor, Mike DeWine, and his former moderate senator, Rob Portman, has been permanently eclipsed by Mr. Trump. Mr. Moreno headed to victory, obtain a slim majority of votes in a three-way race.

Two Democratic incumbents from Illinois faced significant challengers in Tuesday's primary and survived, demonstrating the incumbent president's power.

Representative Danny Davis won by a wide margin in the Democratic primary for the Seventh Congressional District. He has represented a part of Chicagoland for almost 28 years. He is also 82 years old and faced a number of younger opponents who were ultimately swept aside after the Illinois Democratic establishment rallied behind Mr. Davis.

Rep. Jesús García, a progressive Democrat known as Chuy, won by a wide margin in the Democratic primary for Chicago's Fourth Congressional District, defeating his opponent Raymond Lopez in a landslide victory. The race was fought in part over immigration issues. Mr. García, who called himself a “proud immigrant,” criticized President Biden when referring to an undocumented migrant as “an illegal” in his State of the Union address. Mr. Lopez was more conservative on immigration.

Another race featuring an incumbent, the Republican primary in the 12th Congressional District, was still undecided early Wednesday morning. Rep. Mike Bost is no one's idea of ​​a moderate Republican and had Mr. Trump's support, but he was nevertheless challenged from his right by Darren Bailey, an ardent pro-Trump Republican who lost the gubernatorial race to JB Pritzker by a wide margin in 2022.

Vince Fong, a Republican state lawmaker, advanced in a special primary in California to finish the term of Mr. McCarthy, a Republican who was ousted as House speaker and resigned soon after.

Mr. Fong did not reach the 50 percent threshold to avoid a runoff, and two other candidates were vying for second place, with votes still pending: Mike Boudreaux, another Republican and sheriff of County Tulare, and Marisa Wood, a Democrat and teacher. . The second round of elections is scheduled for May 21.

Mr. Fong and Mr. Boudreaux advanced in a separate primary held on Super Tuesday for a full term in office starting in January 2025.

Mr. Biden and Mr. Trump, their parties' presumptive presidential nominees, won near-total victories in the states that held primaries on Tuesday: Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Kansas and 'Ohio.

But the results still reflect small but significant resistance from each party to its presumptive candidates.

Mr. Trump secured a landslide victory, winning at least 75 percent of the vote in every state as of Wednesday morning. Nikki Haley, who dropped out of the race after Super Tuesday, won notable minority votes in each primary. Her the best performance took place in Arizona.

Mr. Biden received an even higher percentage of the vote in the Democratic primaries, winning at least 83% of the vote in every state as of Wednesday morning. But some voters still expressed their dissatisfaction with his candidacy. In Ohio, 13 percent voted for Rep. Dean Phillips, who dropped out and supported Mr. Biden after Super Tuesday. In Kansas, more than 10 percent voted for the “none of the names given” voting option.

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