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*** Election Night Livewire *** Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Kentucky, Idaho, Oregon Vote in contentious primaries

Voters in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Kentucky, Idaho and Oregon all head to the polls on Tuesday to select their GOP and Democratic primary candidates in what is so far this year may -to be the biggest election night yet.

At center stage is the U.S. Senate GOP primary in Pennsylvania, where celebrity Dr. Mehmet Oz — with the endorsement of former President Donald Trump — is aiming to secure the nomination and qualify for the general election. . Oz and businessman David McCormick, who despite his Wall Street history ran one of the most all-American campaigns this cycle, went north of eight figures battling it out in a brutal ad campaign. Kathy Barnette, the conservative author and commentator whose powerful personal story has captivated voters, surged to the top in the final weeks of the campaign, giving the two 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 any chance of regaining a majority in the US Senate in these upcoming midterm elections. -mandate in November.

The winner of this prime-time primary is expected to face Democratic Lt. Governor John Fetterman in the general election, assuming Fetterman can eliminate key opponents, including Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA), even after suffering a stroke that left him hospitalized in the final days of the campaign.

In addition to many key congressional primaries, Pennsylvania voters will also select bipartisan candidates for governor. On the Democratic side, Attorney General Josh Shapiro is a shoo-in and is looking to formalize his general election bid on Tuesday night. On the GOP side, divisions persist despite a last-second endorsement from State Sen. Doug Mastriano of Trump. Mastriano, a deeply flawed candidate with a messy history on the issues, relied on a divided field to vote long before the rest of his opponents. Other Republicans, primarily former Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA), have campaigned desperately to try to retain him.

In North Carolina, Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) appears to be heading for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate — something that just months ago was unsure. However, Budd, with Trump’s endorsement, rallied in late spring to a decisive lead in the polls, representing a generational shift within the GOP toward foreign candidates like him and JD Vance in the Ohio, which won its primary a few weeks ago. Several cut-price Congressional primaries are also up for grabs, especially if Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) can withstand a primary challenge, and some open seats will also test Trump’s approval there.

In Oregon and Kentucky, the Democrats’ infighting in their primaries could potentially be the story of the night, and other races may figure prominently there. In Idaho, GOP Governor Brad Little takes on GOP Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin in a primary. Trump endorsed McGeachin, another test of the former president’s strength within the party, especially in a deep red state like Idaho.

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

UPDATE 7:36 PM ET:

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

UPDATE 7:34 PM ET:

The main challenge Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) faces is one to watch closely in North Carolina. It is endorsed by Trump, but has been dogged by a series of attacks in recent weeks. Primary runoff thresholds also benefit it, according to some experts:

UPDATE 7:31 PM ET:

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

UPDATE 7:30 PM ET:

The polls are now closed in North Carolina, where the GOP US Senate primary is expected to be the race for the banner, but several down primaries also count. The results should be in very soon and if polls showing Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) significantly leading former GOP Gov. Pat McCrory are right, a call should be imminent.

UPDATE 7:23 PM ET:

Those 26 Trump endorsements at stake Tuesday night are as follows, according to Trump’s team:

Governor of Idaho: 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
NC-11: Madison Cawthorn
NC-13: Bo Hines

Governor of Pennsylvania: 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 PM ET

The polls are closed in Kentucky and several of the candidates endorsed by Trump have already won. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) won his primary easily:

Just like Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY):

In total, Trump has 26 endorsements in play nationwide as of Tuesday night.



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