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*** Election Night Livewire *** Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Kentucky, Idaho, Oregon Vote in Contentious Primaries

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Voters in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Kentucky, Idaho, and Oregon all head to the polls Tuesday to select their nominees in both GOP and Democrat primaries in what is thus far this year perhaps the biggest election night yet.

Center-stage is Pennsylvania’s GOP U.S. Senate primary, where celebrity Dr. Mehmet Oz – with former President Donald Trump’s endorsement – aims to secure the nomination and advance to the general election. Both Oz and businessman David McCormick, who despite his Wall Street history has run one of the most America First campaigns this cycle, have spent north of eight figures bashing each other to smithereens in a brutal ad campaign. Kathy Barnette, the author and conservative commentator whose powerful personal story has captivated voters, has surged into the top tier in the final weeks of the campaign, giving both of the big spenders a run for their money. Who wins between Oz, McCormick, and Barnette, will have major implications for the future of the GOP, for the party’s chances in the general election in Pennsylvania, and whether the GOP has a shot at retaking the U.S. Senate majority in these upcoming midterm elections in November.

The winner of that primetime primary is likely to face Democrat Lt. Gov John Fetterman in the general election, assuming Fetterman can swat away primary opponents, including Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA), even after suffering a stroke that has left him hospitalized in the final days of the campaign.

In addition to many key congressional primaries as well, voters in Pennsylvania will also select nominees in both parties for governor. On the Democrat side, Attorney General Josh Shapiro is a shoo-in and looks to make his general election bid formal on Tuesday night. On the GOP side, divisions remain despite a last-second endorsement of state Sen. Doug Mastriano from Trump. Mastriano, a deeply-flawed candidate with a messy history on the issues, has relied on a divided field to poll well ahead of the rest of his opponents. Other Republicans, most prominently former Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA), have waged a desperate campaign in an attempt to hold him off.

In North Carolina, Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) appears to be coasting into the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate – something that just a few months ago was no sure thing. However, Budd, with Trump’s endorsement, has rallied late in the spring to a commanding lead in the polls representing a generational shift inside the GOP towards outsider candidates like him and J.D. Vance in Ohio, who won his primary a couple of weeks ago. Several down ticket congressional primaries are up for grabs, too, most notably whether Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) can hold off a primary challenge, and some open seats will test Trump’s endorsement there as well.

In Oregon and Kentucky, Democrat infighting in their primaries could potentially be the story of the night, and other races loom large there possibly. In Idaho, GOP Gov. Brad Little faces GOP Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin in a primary. Trump endorsed McGeachin, another test of the former president’s strength inside the party, especially in a deep red state like Idaho.

Follow along here for live updates as the results pour in from across the country. The polls begin closing in parts of Kentucky at just 6 p.m. ET and the rest of the state at 7 p.m. ET. In North Carolina, the polls are open until 7:30 p.m. ET, and in Pennsylvania until 8 p.m. ET. In Idaho, the polls close at 10 p.m. ET, and in Oregon most of the polls close at 11 p.m. ET though some in areas that follow Mountain Time close at 10 p.m. ET.

UPDATE 9:14 p.m. ET:

With 15 percent in now in Pennsylvania’s GOP Senate primary, McCormick is holding his lead at 32.2 percent over Oz’s 27.4 percent. Barnette is still down at 21.2 percent.

UPDATE 9:10 p.m. ET:

With 11 percent in now in Pennsylvania’s Senate GOP primary, McCormick is holding a 6 percent lead over Oz. McCormick’s 32.3 percent is six points better than Oz’s 26.3 percent, while Barnette is struggling down in third with 21.3 percent.

UPDATE 9:08 p.m. ET:

There are some signs that at least some voters are voting for both Mastriano and McCormick:

Encouraging sign for McCormick: Even as Mastriano up 31 points in rural west PA Cambria County, McCormick only trailing Oz by 2. Just one county near his home base, but sign that he’s picking up some Mastriano voters too.

— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) May 18, 2022

UPDATE 9:06 p.m. ET:

In the GOP primary for governor in Pennsylvania with 10 percent reporting, Trump-backed Doug Mastriano now leads with 25.2 percent. Bill McSwain is in second with 20.9 percent and Lou Barletta is third with 20.1 percent.

UPDATE 9:03 p.m. ET:

With 10 percent now reporting in Pennsylvania’s GOP Senate primary, the race is tightening a little bit but McCormick is still out front with 32.5 percent. Oz is in second with 25.9 percent and Barnette is in third with 20.7 percent.

UPDATE 9:01 p.m. ET:

An update on Trump endorsements: Since Rep. James Comer (R-KY) won his primary unopposed, Trump went six for six and won every race he endorsed in in Kentucky. He still has a lot on the line in both Pennsylvania and North Carolina as well as in Idaho later on tonight.

UPDATE 8:58 p.m. ET:

With 8 percent now reporting from Pennsylvania’s GOP Senate primary according to the New York Times, McCormick is hanging on in the lead with 32.4 percent to Oz’s 24.3 percent. Barnette is still in third with 20.3 percent.

UPDATE 8:55 p.m. ET:

Democrat Lt. Gov. John Fetterman has won the Democrat primary, per the Associated Press:

BREAKING: John Fetterman wins Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania primary election. #APRaceCall at 8:54 p.m. EDT. https://t.co/2nlgpji7ac

— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) May 18, 2022

UPDATE 8:51 p.m. ET: 

With 7 percent in in Pennsylvania per the New York Times, McCormick is holding steady nearly double digits over Oz with Barnette in third. McCormick has 32.4 percent, Oz has 22.9 percent, and Barnette has 19.2 percent. Barnette is only leading one county, Montgomery County, which is just outside Philadelphia. It’s still early, so expect this to tighten.

UPDATE 8:48 p.m. ET:

In North Carolina, two more Trump-backed GOP House members have fended off primary challengers:

BREAKING: Greg Murphy wins Republican nomination for U.S. House in North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District. #APRaceCall at 8:42 p.m. EDT. https://t.co/2nlgpji7ac

— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) May 18, 2022

BREAKING: Richard Hudson wins Republican nomination for U.S. House in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. #APRaceCall at 8:44 p.m. EDT. https://t.co/2nlgpji7ac

— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) May 18, 2022

UPDATE 8:35 p.m. ET:

With 5 percent reporting in Pennsylvania’s GOP Senate primary, McCormick still leads–now with 33.4 percent compared to Oz’s 21.9 percent. Barnette is in third with 20.3 percent.

UPDATE 8:30 p.m. ET:

Another Trump-backed candidate won in Kentucky:

BREAKING: Brett Guthrie wins Republican nomination for U.S. House in Kentucky’s 2nd Congressional District. #APRaceCall at 8:26 p.m. EDT. https://t.co/2nlgpji7ac

— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) May 18, 2022

UPDATE 8:26 p.m. ET

With 4 percent reporting according to the New York Times, McCormick is holding a double digit lead over Oz. McCormick’s 36.4 percent leads Oz’s 23.3 percent. Barnette, meanwhile, is in third at 17.3 percent.

UPDATE 8:22 p.m. ET

Another update on the Cawthorn situation in North Carolina–he is performing really strongly in Election Day votes versus early votes where he did poorly:

The first seven Election Day precincts offer some fragmentary but real hope for Madison Cawthorn, who still trails by 11 points in the count of mainly early votes. He’s faring 14 points better in the Election Day vote than he did in the early vote from the same counties

— Nate Cohn (@Nate_Cohn) May 18, 2022

UPDATE 8:18 p.m. ET:

On the Democrat side, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman appears to be coasting to the nomination and Dave Wasserman of Cook Political Report says he already won:

I’ve seen enough: Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D) defeats Rep. Conor Lamb (D) in the #PASEN Dem primary.

— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) May 18, 2022

Fetterman is literally in a hospital right now recovering from a stroke, a late breaking story that threw a curveball into an otherwise uneventful Democrat primary even though Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA) was running against him. No news organizations have called this one yet, but it seems to be a lock. Fetterman is an avowed socialist and will give whoever the GOP ends up nominating a good fight in November.

UPDATE 8:14 p.m. ET:

Oz is leading in the early Philadelphia County returns, but McCormick has the early statewide lead for now.

UPDATE 8:10 p.m. ET:

It’s worth noting those first Pennsylvania Senate GOP primary results are from Allegheny County, where McCormick is expected to do very well. Some early results from Northampton County on the other side of the state also have McCormick leading there too. It’s still very early, so this race will tighten big time as other counties begin reporting.

UPDATE 8:07 p.m. ET:

The very first results are coming in in Pennsylvania. With 1 percent reporting according to the New York Times, David McCormick has a huge lead. McCormick, at 42.6 percent, is way ahead of Mehmet Oz’s 22.7 percent while Kathy Barnette is at 15.6 percent. It is still very early here so expect this to tighten and change significantly.

UPDATE 8:05 p.m. ET:

An update on Cawthorn’s situation–Wasserman says it is looking good for young flashy congressman at this point:

#NC11 update: Edwards (R) leads Cawthorn (R) 38%-27%, but Edwards’s best vote troves – the early votes in his Buncombe/Henderson/Transylvania state senate district – are entirely reporting.

So this thing is going to tighten. And, it’s probably not going to a runoff.

— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) May 18, 2022

UPDATE 8:03 p.m. ET:

In North Carolina’s 13th congressional district GOP primary, Bo Hines–the Trump-backed pick–has a healthy lead so far but it is early. With 23 percent reporting according to the New York Times, Hines has 30.9 percent–close to a double digit lead–and leads by about 1,500 votes.

UPDATE 8:00 p.m. ET 

The polls have closed in Pennsylvania, where the banner race of the night–the U.S. Senate GOP primary–is, and results there are expected imminently.

UPDATE 7:54 p.m. ET:

It is worth noting that the open U.S. Senate seat in North Carolina that Budd just won the nomination for and is easily the favorite over Beasley in November’s general election is being vacated by retiring Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC). Similar to in Ohio a couple weeks ago, where the outgoing Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) saw the GOP primary for his seat won by another outsider J.D. Vance, this seems to be the beginning of major changes to the Republican Party–and the U.S. Senate–in 2022.

UPDATE 7:52 p.m. ET:

On the other side of the aisle, Democrat Cheri Beasley has wrapped up her primary and will face Budd in November in the critical swing state of North Carolina:

BREAKING: Cheri Beasley wins Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in North Carolina primary election. #APRaceCall at 7:47 p.m. EDT. https://t.co/2nlgpji7ac

— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) May 17, 2022

UPDATE 7:51 p.m. ET:

The polls were not closed for even 20 minutes before the Associated Press made the official call for the Trump-backed Ted Budd, who is now the GOP nominee for U.S. Senate:

BREAKING: Ted Budd wins Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in North Carolina primary election. #APRaceCall at 7:47 p.m. EDT. https://t.co/2nlgpji7ac

— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) May 17, 2022

This was clearly a landslide, or blowout, election victory for both Budd and Trump.

UPDATE 7:49 p.m. ET:

Meanwhile, in the 11th district, Cawthorn might be in a bit of trouble:

In #NC11, state Sen. Chuck Edwards (R) leads Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R) 38%-27% in the early vote w/ a huge lead in Asheville. But we’re going to have to wait for EDay votes.

— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) May 17, 2022

UPDATE 7:47 p.m. ET:

With 11 percent reporting according to the New York Times, Budd has a commanding lead over McCrory and former Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC). Budd has 57.8 percent to McCrory’s 25.5 percent while Walker has just 8.7 percent.

UPDATE 7:40 p.m. ET:

Ted Budd has taken a huge lead in the very early results, and Dave Wasserman of the Cook Political Report has already called the race for him:

I’ve seen enough: Rep. Ted Budd (R) wins the GOP primary for #NCSEN and will face Cheri Beasley (D) in the fall.

— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) May 17, 2022

News organizations have yet to call it, but it seems like Budd is as expected coasting to victory. This is another win for Trump, and more importantly was not always as sure a thing as it turned out to be in the last few weeks. As recently as late winter or early spring, Budd was trailing in the polls or even with his opponents. Trump’s early endorsement, as well as a strong campaign from the conservative outsider, seem to have generated significant momentum for him and propelled him to way out in front in this critical race. Budd is likely to face Democrat Cheri Beasley in the general election.

UPDATE 7:36 p.m. ET:

Another Trump endorsement, Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY), won his primary:

BREAKING: Andy Barr wins Republican nomination for U.S. House in Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District. #APRaceCall at 7:31 p.m. EDT. https://t.co/2nlgpji7ac

— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) May 17, 2022

UPDATE 7:34 p.m. ET:

One to watch closely in North Carolina is the primary challenge that Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) is facing. He’s endorsed by Trump, but has been dogged by a series of attacks in recent weeks. The primary runoff thresholds also, per some experts, benefit him:

Election rules matter: if NC’s primary runoff threshold were 50% or even 40%, #NC11 Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R) would be the underdog for renomination. Because it’s just 30%, he enters tonight the slight favorite.

— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) May 17, 2022

UPDATE 7:31 p.m. ET:

Another Trump endorsement, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), has won his primary:

BREAKING: Thomas Massie wins Republican nomination for U.S. House in Kentucky’s 4th Congressional District. #APRaceCall at 7:23 p.m. EDT. https://t.co/2nlgpji7ac

— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) May 17, 2022

UPDATE 7:30 p.m. ET:

The polls have now closed in North Carolina, where the GOP U.S. Senate primary is set to be the banner race but several down-ticket primaries matter as well. Results should be coming very soon and if the polls showing Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) significantly leading huge over former GOP Gov. Pat McCrory are right a call should be imminent.

UPDATE 7:23 p.m. ET:

Those 26 Trump endorsements on the line on Tuesday night are as follows, according to Trump’s team:

Idaho-Governor: Janice McGeachin

Idaho-Senate: Mike Crapo

Idaho-01: Russ Fulcher

Kentucky-Senate: Rand Paul

Kentucky-01: James Comer

Kentucky-02: Brett Guthrie

Kentucky-04: Thomas Massie

Kentucky-05: Hal Rogers

Kentucky-06: Andy Barr

North Carolina-Senate: Ted Budd

North Carolina-03: Greg Murphy

North Carolina-05: Virginia Foxx

North Carolina-07: David Rouzer

North Carolina-08: Dan Bishop

North Carolina-09: Richard Hudson

North Carolina-10: Patrick McHenry

North Carolina-11: Madison Cawthorn

North Carolina-13: Bo Hines

Pennsylvania-Governor: Doug Mastriano

Pennsylvania-Senate: Mehmet Oz

Pennsylvania-08: Jim Bognet

Pennsylvania-10: Scott Perry

Pennsylvania-11: Lloyd Smucker

Pennsylvania-13: John Joyce

Pennsylvania-14: Guy Reschenthaler

Pennsylvania-16: Mike Kelly

UPDATE 7:21 p.m. ET

The polls have closed in Kentucky, and several of Trump’s endorsed candidates have already won. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) won his primary easily:

BREAKING: Rand Paul wins Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Kentucky primary election. #APRaceCall at 7:10 p.m. EDT. https://t.co/2nlgpji7ac

— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) May 17, 2022

So did Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY):

BREAKING: Harold Rogers wins Republican nomination for U.S. House in Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District. #APRaceCall at 7:16 p.m. EDT. https://t.co/2nlgpji7ac

— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) May 17, 2022

In total, Trump has 26 endorsements on the line nationwide on Tuesday night.

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