Voters in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Kentucky, Idaho and Oregon head to the polls Tuesday to select their nominees in both Republican and Democratic primaries in what is perhaps the biggest election night yet this year. the moment.
Center stage is the Republican Party primary for the US Senate from Pennsylvania, where famed Dr. Mehmet Oz, with the endorsement of former President Donald Trump, is aiming to secure the nomination and advance to the general election. Both Oz and businessman David McCormick, who despite his Wall Street record has run one of the biggest America First campaigns this cycle, have spent more than eight figures tearing themselves to shreds in a brutal ad campaign. Kathy Barnette, the conservative author and commentator whose powerful personal story has captivated voters, has risen to the highest level in the final weeks of the campaign, giving the two big spenders a run for her 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 Pennsylvania general election and whether the GOP has a chance to regain a majority in the US Senate in these elections. upcoming midterm elections. in November.
The winner of that prime-time primary is likely to face Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman in the general election, assuming Fetterman can crush primary opponents, including Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA), even after suffering a stroke that has left him hospitalized. in the last 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 favorite and seeks to formalize his candidacy for the general election on Tuesday night. On the GOP side, divisions persist despite Trump’s last-second endorsement of state Sen. Doug Mastriano. Mastriano, a deeply flawed candidate with a messy record on the issues, has relied on a divided field to vote far ahead of the rest of his opponents. Other Republicans, most notably former Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA), have waged a desperate campaign in an attempt to stop him.
In North Carolina, Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) appears to be closing in on the Republican nomination for the US Senate, something that was not certain just a few months ago. However, Budd, backed by Trump, rebounded in late spring and commanded a commanding lead in the polls representing a generational shift within the GOP toward outside candidates like himself and JD Vance in Ohio, who won his primary. a couple of weeks ago. Several congressional primaries are also up for grabs, particularly if Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) can withstand a primary challenge, and some open seats will also test Trump’s support there.
In Oregon and Kentucky, Democrats’ primary infighting could be the story of the night, with other races possibly looming large there. In Idaho, Republican Governor Brad Little is facing Republican Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin in a primary. Trump endorsed McGeachin, another testament to the former president’s strength within the party, especially in a deep red state like Idaho.
Follow here for live updates as results come in from across the country. Polls begin to close in parts of Kentucky at 6 pm ET and in the rest of the state at 7 pm ET. In North Carolina, the polls are open until 7:30 pm ET and in Pennsylvania until 8 pm ET. In Idaho, the polls close at 10 p.m. ET, and in Oregon most polls close at 11 p.m.
UPDATE 7:23 p.m. ET:
Those 26 Trump endorsements up for grabs Tuesday night are as follows, according to the Trump team:
Idaho-Governor: Janice McGeachin
Idaho Senate: Mike Crapo
Idaho-01: Russ Fulcher
Kentucky Senate: Rand Paul
Kentucky-01: James Eat
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
Polls are closed in Kentucky and several of the Trump-backed candidates have already won. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) easily won his primary:
BREAKING: Rand Paul Wins Republican Nomination for US 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 the Republican nomination for the US House of Representatives 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 all, Trump has 26 endorsements up for grabs across the country on Tuesday night.