'Big night' for Trump’s favorites after 7 primaries

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
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Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)

Donald Trump in baseball capAfter seven big primaries Tuesday night, President Donald Trump celebrated a “big night” as the candidates he backed in major races came up victorious, while a key Democrat suffered defeat at the hands of a socialist.

“The Democrats are in Turmoil!” Trump tweeted early Wednesday morning. “Open Borders and unchecked Crime a certain way to lose elections. Republicans are for Strong Borders, NO Crime! A BIG NIGHT!”

The president commended many of the Republican candidates he endorsed in Tuesday night’s primary contests that took place in Utah, New York, Colorado, Maryland, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Oklahoma

Moving up in Utah

One of the major winners Trump congratulated Tuesday night was former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.), who won his primary runoff in a contest to decide who will replace Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) after his slated retirement.

“[Romney] beat state Rep. Mike Kennedy, who put up a fight during the first round of the primary, blocking Romney’s attempt to secure to the majority of the vote,” Fox News reported. “Romney will now face Democrat Jenny Wilson, a city councilwoman.”

Trump ended up backing Romney – after his support for him has gone up and down since the start of his 2016 presidential campaign – and he quickly took to social media to commend Romney for his win.

“Big and conclusive win by Mitt Romney,” Trump posted on Twitter Wednesday morning after the results were in. “Congratulations! I look forward to working together – there is so much good to do. A great and loving family will be coming to D.C.”

The win came as no surprise, and it appears that Trump and Romney are staying on good terms from here on out.

“Romney was the heavy favorite to win the race in Utah, where he moved after his failed 2012 presidential run and is a beloved adopted son," CBS News noted. “Romney blasted Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, though the two men have largely buried the hatchet, and Romney has accepted the president's endorsement. No Democrat has represented Utah in the U.S. Senate since 1977, but the Democratic nominee, city councilwoman Jenny Wilson, was selected to run in November through a convention.”

Trump satisfied in South Carolina

After all but officially winning the primary Tuesday night, Gov. Henry McMaster (R-S.C.) was happy to glean from Trump’s full-fledged endorsement setting him up for victory.

“In South Carolina, Gov. Henry McMaster was projected the winner of Tuesday’s Republican gubernatorial runoff election,” Fox News’ Lukas Mikelionis announced. “Trump was heavily invested in the race, offering full support and even campaigning on McMaster’s behalf in recent days.”

Before McMaster beat businessman John Warren, Trump took to Twitter, inciting Republicans to vote for the governor.

“It was great being with Governor Henry McMaster last night in South Carolina,” Trump tweeted Tuesday. “Henry is tough on Crime and Borders, loves our Military and our Vets and has created many jobs and a great economy. GO OUT AND VOTE FOR HENRY TODAY, HE WILL NEVER LET YOU DOWN!”

Big wins in New York for president

Trump was also ecstatic to see how well his favorites did in the Empire State, home of the Trump Tower.

“Rep. Dan Donovan of New York – another Trump-backed candidate – also cruised to primary victory, defeating Michael Grimm, whose candidacy was seen as controversial over his conviction for tax fraud,” Mikelionis recounted from Tuesday night’s results.

Democrats hopeful of victory against Republicans in November suffered a major setback when the radical left self-proclaimed socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won – news that was music to the president’s ears.

“Wow! Big Trump Hater Congressman Joe Crowley – who many expected was going to take Nancy Pelosi’s place – just LOST his primary election,” Trump tweeted early Wednesday. “In other words, he’s out! That is a big one that nobody saw happening. Perhaps he should have been nicer, and more respectful, to his President!”

Those in the GOP are now glad that Crowley is no longer a potential threat to the conservative agenda on immigration, health care and Second Amendment rights.

“Crowley, a 10-term Democratic lawmaker, whose name was floated as a potential future Speaker of the House, was bested by Ocasio-Cortez, who campaigned on the platform of abolishing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), universal health care and assaults weapons,” Mikelionis noted.

But some Democrats on the far left were also ecstatic over the underdog’s victory Tuesday night.

“Left-wing groups also celebrated the political newcomer’s shock win, seeing it as a slap in the face to the establishment that isn’t progressive enough,” Mikelionis added. “Soon after the race was called, the New York City branch of the Democratic Socialists of America issued a tweet saying her victory showed ‘that working-class people are hungry for a voice in politics.’"

Seemingly getting over his defeat early, Crowley issued a statement supporting Ocasio-Cortez as she prepares to face off with her Republican opponent, Anthony Pappas in November’s midterms.

"The Trump administration is a threat to everything we stand for here in Queens and the Bronx, and if we don't win back the House this November, we will lose the nation we love," Crowley proclaimed, according to Fox News. "This is why we must come together. We will only be able to stop Donald Trump and the Republican Congress by working together, as a united Democratic Party."

Ocasio-Cortex won by a substantial margin, taking 15,897 votes (57.5 percent), next to Crowley’s 11,761 (42.5 percent) with 98 percent of the precincts reporting, according to the New York Times.

Another race in New York pleased the president.

“On Staten Island, U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan, New York City's only Republican congressman, has survived a fierce challenge in New York's Republican primary from Michael Grimm, a former congressman who resigned to go to prison for tax fraud,” CBS News reported. “Grimm conceded Tuesday night and asked his supporters to back Donovan. Donovan represents New York's 11th Congressional District, which covers Staten Island and part of Brooklyn.”

Trump did his campaigning for Donovan in May by putting in a good word for the Republican.

“Grimm served more than seven months in prison after pleading guilty in 2014 to cheating the government out of taxes at his Manhattan restaurant, [but] he was leading in at least one poll when Mr. Trump weighed in on the race last month, urging voters to stick with Donovan,” CBS News explained.

Before that, earlier in the spring, Trump took to social media to campaign for Donovan.

"Very importantly, @RepDanDonovan will win for the Republicans in November...and his opponent will not," Trump tweeted in back in March. "Remember Alabama. We can't take any chances on losing to a Nancy Pelosi controlled Democrat."

He was referring to the devastating defeat Republican Roy Moore suffered to his Democratic rival, Doug Jones, months ago in Alabama.

GOP feeling a mile high in Colorado

With enthusiastic Trump-follower Treasurer Walker Stapleton (R-Colo.) emerging in victory Tuesday night, Republicans are looking forward to a midterm win against his virulent anti-Trump opponent, who is a left-leaning Democrat.

“Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis and Republican state Treasurer Walker Stapleton won their respective party primaries Tuesday for the Colorado governor's race, setting up a left-versus-Trump showdown as Republicans seek a seat they haven't held in more than a decade,” CBS News revealed. “The liberal Polis, a five-term congressman, and Stapleton, who has closely aligned himself with President Trump's immigration and tax policies, easily defeated three challengers each in the top race of this purple state's midterm primary.”

Stapleton warned conservatives during his victory speech in Colorado what to expect if his rival wins in November.

"Make no mistake -- as governor, Jared Polis will raise every tax and fee he can to take more money from hardworking Coloradans," Stapleton assured, according to CBS News.

The ultra-liberal contender, who is favored to win this fall, promised to resurrect ObamaCare and extend public schooling to include four-year-olds.

“Polis vowed to protect Colorado residents from efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and reiterated a pledge to secure free preschool and kindergarten for all Colorado children,” CBS News recounted. “As a Democrat, Polis is an early, though far from guaranteed, favorite to become Colorado's next governor. Colorado's last Republican governor was Bill Owens, who served from 1999 to 2007. Centrist Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper is term-limited.”

During his victory speech, Polis took the opportunity to blast his Republican rival.

“[My plans stand] in stark contrast to Walker Stapleton's agenda to enrich the special interests, threaten our health care, and leave our families behind," Polis declared, according to CBS News.

Polis has much financial backing headed into November, which could make the difference at the ballot box in a few months.

“Polis, a tech entrepreneur and one of the wealthiest members of Congress, advocates single-payer health care, local control over Colorado's $31 billion oil and gas industry and lofty renewable energy goals for the state,” CBS News noted. “He invested $12 million in his campaign and is a fierce critic of the Trump administration's immigration policies and efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.”

On the other side of the political aisle, Stapleton has deep roots with present and future U.S. presidents, and his firm support for Trump on virtually all issues – save international trade – could boost his chances in Colorado if more Republicans show up to vote.

“Stapleton, a distant relative of President George W. Bush, closely wedded himself to Mr. Trump on virtually every issue – even refusing to condemn the Trump administration's immigrant family separation policies – except trade, where he opposes tariffs that could produce a trade war and harm Colorado industries,” CBS News pointed out. “He welcomed the federal repeal in the individual mandate that helps subsidize the Affordable Care Act and has pledged to fight any public expansion, especially when it comes to Medicaid.”

The back-and-forth between Stapleton and Polis spans a number of critical issues of major importance to voters.

“Stapleton has attacked Polis as someone who would chase energy jobs out of Colorado, and he also opposes Polis' pledge to modify a constitutional amendment that severely restricts Colorado's ability to raise taxes or spending,” CBS News added. “Polis argues that Colorado's rapid population growth – 5.6 million people and counting – demands a fiscal system that allows the state to invest needed billions of dollars in its underfunded infrastructure and public education.”

Both candidates emerged victorious over their party rivals Tuesday, with Polis getting much of his backing from immigrants, while Stapleton overcame his opponents’ major campaign funding to come out a winner.

“A former state board of education member and founder of English-language schools for immigrants, Polis defeated former state Treasurer Cary Kennedy, who was endorsed by Colorado's teachers unions, and former state Sen. Mike Johnston, an educator and gun control advocate, and Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne also ran,” CBS News recounted. “Stapleton defeated former state Rep. Vic Mitchell, who invested nearly $5 million in his own campaign; Doug Robinson – a first-time candidate and nephew of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney; and businessman Greg Lopez.”

It appears that more voters flocked to the ballot box in Colorado to voice their support for their parties’ candidates.

“A preliminary count suggested that unaffiliated voters, Colorado's largest voting bloc, helped produce a surge in turnout by participating in either the Democratic or the Republican primary,” CBS News noted. “Early numbers showed more than 30 percent of active voters casting ballots, a high percentage for a non-presidential election year.”

The results of other notable contests could set Republicans up for victory in the midterms.

“Democrat Jason Crow won the primary in suburban Denver's 6th Congressional District to try to unseat five-term Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman,” the left-leaning media hub informed. “Doug Lamborn, the six-term Republican congressman in El Paso County's 5th Congressional District, easily won his primary and is a heavy favorite to keep the seat. The contest to succeed Hickenlooper topped the primary, one in which unaffiliated voters, the state's largest voting bloc, could participate without having to affiliate with one or the other of the major parties. A voter-passed 2016 initiative allowed them to do so.”

GOP merry in Maryland

Even though Democrats’ Ben Jealous convincingly won the Democratic nomination for governor Tuesday, Republicans hope that their longstanding favorite will score a win in November.

“Former NAACP President Ben Jealous won the Maryland Democratic nomination for governor on Tuesday, giving him a shot at becoming the state's first black governor and setting up a battle between the progressive candidate and a popular Republican incumbent,” CBS News reported. “Jealous beat Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker in the crowded primary. In November, Jealous will face Gov. Larry Hogan, who hopes to become the first GOP governor re-elected in Maryland since 1954. Hogan was unchallenged for his party's nomination.”

“Jealous’ liberal policies include government-paid college tuition and universal health care,” CBS News informed. “Jealous supports tuition-free college educations and expanding Medicare to all. He also advocates raising teacher pay by 29 percent and funding full-day, universal pre-kindergarten with tax revenue from his proposal to legalize marijuana for recreational use.”

His ultra-liberal itinerary is backed by self-proclaimed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and others notable personalities on the far-left.

“Jealous won support from leading liberals on the national stage, including Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who rallied with him in Silver Spring outside of an early voting center,” the media hub noted. “Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California also endorsed him. Comedian Dave Chappelle and Ben Cohen, a co-founder of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, made stops in Maryland to appear with the candidate.”

The Democrat has done much to gain the African American vote, and his policies include lightening the punishment of criminals.

“In 2008 at age 35, Jealous became the youngest person elected to lead the Baltimore-based NAACP, the nation's oldest civil rights organization,” CBS News recalled. “After five years at the helm, Jealous was credited with improving the NAACP's finances and donor base, [and he] campaigned on plans to reduce the state's prison population to save money. One of his proposals includes ending cash bail and ensuring people stay in jail awaiting trial because they are a public safety threat, not because they are too poor to pay bail. He supports continuing police reform efforts, including changes to the state's Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights so that all allegations of police brutality are investigated, regardless of when the complaint is made.”

GOP sitting pretty while Democrats sticking with familiar in Mississippi

In Mississippi, Democrats took to the polls to support their familiar candidate and cast out the widely unknown contestant.

“Mississippi Democrats have nominated state Rep. David Baria to challenge incumbent U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, lining up behind a party stalwart as they reject a bid by a newcomer,” CBS News divulged. “Baria is a Bay St. Louis attorney. He beat venture capitalist Howard Sherman of Meridian in Tuesday's runoff.”

A small controversy over party loyalty might have sealed Baria’s victory Tuesday night.

“Many Democratic politicians backed Baria, the state House minority leader, arguing that Sherman was an unknown quantity,” CBS News explained. “The husband of actress Sela Ward, Sherman voted as a Republican in California and donated to Wicker. Sherman said that was an effort to prevent a tea party conservative from winning office.”

But regardless of Baria’s win, he faces stiff competition against his Republican rival in November.

“Baria says he has the experience to make the uphill campaign against Wicker and be a productive senator,” CBS News recounted. “The Reform Party's Shawn O'Hara of Hattiesburg and Libertarian Danny Bedwell of Columbus also are running in November.”

Republicans OK in Oklahoma

Even though Republicans are looking good going into midterms in November after Tuesday’s primary, the major issue on the ballot – the legalization of medical marijuana – took much of the media’s focus.

“Oklahoma voters have backed the medicinal use of marijuana, despite opposition from law enforcement and business, faith and political leaders,” CBS News reported. “State Question 788 was the result of an activist-led signature drive. It allows physicians to approve medical marijuana licenses for people to legally grow, keep and use cannabis. The proposal doesn't list any qualifying medical conditions, allowing doctors to prescribe it for a wide range of ailments.”

Those on the Republican side are dead set against it because it could open the floodgate to marijuana’s general legalization statewide for all of-age Oklahoma residents.

“Opponents had argued the proposal was too loosely written, and Republican Gov. Mary Fallin said it would essentially allow recreational use,” CBS News noted. “She recently warned that if the measure passed, she would have to call lawmakers into a special session to develop rules regulating the industry in Oklahoma. It's the first marijuana question on a state ballot in 2018. Elections are scheduled for later this year in Michigan and Utah.”

Meanwhile, with the candidates, Republicans fared well, with some exceptions.

“It was a mixed bag for teachers running for political office in Oklahoma but a bad night for incumbent Republicans who voted against a tax package earlier this year to fund a teacher pay raise,” CBS News revealed. “Several GOP incumbents who voted against the tax hikes were either ousted from office or pulled into a runoff against a fellow GOP opponent, a signal some teacher candidates say bodes well for them in November. Of the 10 ‘no’ voters in the House who were running for re-election, two were defeated outright on Tuesday night – Reps. Chuck Strohm of Jenks and Scott McEachin of Tulsa. Seven others were pulled into an Aug. 28 primary runoff against fellow Republicans.”

A number of other familiar names dropped off the ballot for the GOP in November, as well, but young blood would work toward victory in November.

“Four other Republican incumbents lost on Tuesday, including one who lost to a teacher,” CBS News noted. “Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb has conceded in the Republican primary to replace term-limited GOP Gov. Mary Fallin. The 46-year-old Lamb told supporters Tuesday at an election night party that it appears he lacks the votes to make a two-way runoff for the nomination.”

Other notable contests in Oklahoma caught the media’s eye.

“Former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett had already clinched a spot in the Aug. 28 runoff, [while] Tulsa businessman Kevin Stitt held a slight lead over Lamb for the second spot with nearly all votes counted in the 10-candidate Republican primary,” the leftist news hub stated. “Stitt is the founder and CEO of Jenks-based Gateway Mortgage Group and a political newcomer who has painted himself as the outsider.”

The gubernatorial race was also of key importance in the Sooner State.

“Former Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson won the Democratic nomination for governor Tuesday and will face the winner of the Republican runoff in November,” CBS News informed.

A runoff for Republicans was also a major focus in Oklahoma.

“Former Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris has advanced to a runoff election for the Republican nomination in Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District,” CBS News noted. “The longtime prosecutor advances in a five-candidate field for the GOP nomination for the open Tulsa-area district. A runoff election is set for Aug. 28, and the winner will meet the Democratic, nominee in the Nov. 6 general election. First elected DA in 1998, Harris is the longest serving district attorney in the county's history. He retired in 2014. The seat has been vacant since April when former U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine resigned to become administrator of NASA. Mr. Trump nominated Bridenstine to head the space agency in September.”

 

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