with former President Trump’s high-profile endorsements had mixed results Tuesday night and Republicans advancing candidates who questioned the election results.
Here are some of the findings from Tuesday’s contests:
How did Trump do it?
Former President Trump’s candidates had mixed results on Tuesday night. Pennsylvania’s Republican Senate race is a draw, with Mehmet Oz, whom Trump has endorsed, locked in a close race with former hedge fund manager David McCormick. A recount is triggered when the race is within 0.5%. In Pennsylvania’s other major contest, CBS News projected that Trump’s choice for governor, state senator Doug Mastriano, won its primaries.
In North Carolina, the Trump-endorsed Senate candidate, Representative Ted Budd, must have won the Republican nomination. In a key House run, though, CBS News is projecting Madison Cawthorn, who has been endorsed by Trump. she lost her primary to state senator Chuck Edwards. In North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District, CBS News projected that Bo Hines, who has Trump’s backing, won the Republican nomination.
CBS News is also projecting that Republican Idaho Governor Brad Little won his primaries against Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin, who was endorsed by Trump.
State Senator Chuck Edwards, who was endorsed by North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis, is projected to have defeated the incumbent. Voters in North Carolina’s 11th congressional district have turned down former President Trump’s request to hand the controversial freshman Republican another term.
He was caught driving with a revoked license, claimed on a podcast that he had been invited to an orgy by older Republican lawmakers, received ethical complaints about his treatment of employees, raised questions about whether he had engaged in insider trading, and much more. more.
Republicans have advanced candidates who have opposed or questioned the 2020 presidential election results
Some of the Republicans who voted to reject the Electoral College results in Congress or promoted false theories about widespread fraud in the 2020 election won their primaries on Tuesday night.
At the top of that list in Pennsylvania is Republican Senator Doug Mastriano, who was projected by CBS as the GOP gubernatorial nomination winner. Mastriano arranged a hearing in Gettysburg that presented baseless allegations of widespread fraud. He was subpoenaed in February by the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol over plans to “arrange an alternate voter list” and public statements that suggested he was “present during the attack on the US Capitol”. .
Additionally, the governor of Pennsylvania appoints the secretary of state, who is the top electoral official, a prospect that Mastriano seems to like. “I can nominate the secretary of state,” he said in a debate. “Let’s reset the registry. You’ll have to register again. Let’s start all over again.”
In North Carolina, Representative Ted Budd is expected to win the Republican nomination for the Senate. He voted to oppose the 2020 election results in Arizona and Pennsylvania. But Budd told the Associated Press in April 2021 that he thinks Biden “is the rightful president.”
“He went through the process. I think there are a lot of question marks along the way, but at the end of the day, he’s the rightful president,” Budd said.