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Women Candidates Win Big in NC, WV, Ohio and Indiana Primary Races

HeadlineMay 09, 2018

Voters in West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina headed to the polls Tuesday to decide a number of key primaries. In West Virginia, the state’s Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey won a closely watched U.S. Senate primary, defeating U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins and former coal baron Don Blankenship, who served a year in prison after 29 miners died in a 2010 explosion at his Upper Big Branch Mine. Patrick Morrisey will now face the conservative Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin in November. In Ohio, Richard Cordray defeated former Congressmember Dennis Kucinich in the state’s Democratic primary for governor. Cordray served as the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He will now face Mike DeWine in November to determine who will replace outgoing Ohio Governor John Kasich. In Indiana, Vice President Mike Pence’s brother, Greg Pence, won the Republican primary for a congressional seat in eastern Indiana. Female candidates were also big winners on Tuesday. Politico reports there were 20 open Democratic House primaries with women on the ballot Tuesday night, and voters selected a female nominee in 17 of them. We’ll have more on the primaries later in the broadcast.

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