2018 MAGA Watch – May 8th Primaries

2nd Amendment, Education, Foreign Policy, General, Government, Immigration, National, State, Taxes / Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

Incumbent Primary’d Out in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District election

This seat is rated safely Republican. Rep. Robert Pittenger (R) became the first U.S. House incumbent in 2018 to lose his party’s primary, as he was defeated by challenger Mark Harris.

Harris received a B.S. in political science from Appalachian State University and a professional doctorate in ministry from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was a founding member of Vote for Marriage NC, which worked to support legislation to define marriage in the state as between one woman and one man.

In 2016, he ran for this seat against incumbent Rep. Robert Pittenger (R) and lost the primary by 134 votes.

United States Senate election in West Virginia

State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R) defeated coal mining executive Don Blankenship (R) and Rep. Evan Jenkins (R) in the three-way battle for the Republican nomination.

“We need someone who is going to take on Washington corruption and advance conservative values. There is so much we can do if we have a conservative with principles going to Washington. And someone who is willing to take on the mess. As your senator, I’ll stand with President Trump and we will beat the Washington elites,” Morrisey said in a video announcing his candidacy.

Republicans consider the Senate race in West Virginia one of the party’s best chances to change a seat from blue to red, given the largest margin of victory for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election came from West Virginia, where he defeated Hillary Clinton by 42 points.

Mike Braun Defeats Todd Rokita and Luke Messer to Run against Democratic incumbent for Senate in Indiana

Braun is a former Republican member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing District 63 from 2014 to 2017. He resigned his seat in the state House on November 1, 2017, in order to focus on his run for U.S. Senate.[2] He is also the founder and CEO of Meyer Distributing, an auto parts distribution company with locations in 38 states.

Politico described this race as “possibly the GOP’s best opportunity to seize a Senate seat from Democrats in next year’s midterms.

Mike is an avid Hunter, NRA member, and 100% pro-second Amendment.

CREATING JOBS FOR ALL HOOSIERS Government is not the driver of new job creation or economic prosperity. And too often it gets in the way with onerous regulations and sky-high taxes. President Trump’s work to remove burdensome red tape and lower taxes for families and businesses are a start, but now is the time to double down on empowering the private sector and job creators.

We need a tax code that is simple and fair. We must repeal Obamacare, not repair it, to rein in costs and expand healthcare options. And we must ensure that American jobs are filled by American workers, not outsourced to other countries or given to illegal immigrants.

DRAIN THE SWAMP Washington is chock full of politicians who talk a slick game, but comes up empty when it comes to getting real results. These politicians have done nothing to increase the prosperity and safety of our families and instead rigged the system to benefit the politically connected and themselves.

To make Washington work again, the swamp must be drained. Career politicians from both parties need to be replaced with citizen legislators with real world experience who will always put the interest of Hoosier families and businesses first. And we must pass term limits for politicians now.

United States Senate election in Ohio

Jim Renacci (backed by President Trump) easily defeats Mike Gibbons and Melissa Ackison to run against incumbent Sherrod Brown.

President Donald Trump endorsed Jim Renacci on April 24, 2018. He tweeted that Renacci had “worked so hard on Tax Reductions, Illegal Immigration, the Border and Crime. I need Jim very badly to help our agenda and to keep MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! He will be a fantastic Senator for the Great State of Ohio, and has my full endorsement!”[14]

Vice President Mike Pence appeared with Renacci at a March 9 forum for America First Policies.[15]

At a Cleveland rally in February, Trump did not explicitly endorse Renacci but said, “Jim, get in there and fight. Get in there and fight. We need you.” The White House did not respond to a request by the Cincinnati Enquirer to clarify whether Trump had endorsed him.

Renacci said he was encouraged by the Trump administration to leave the race the Ohio gubernatorial race and run for the Senate.

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