MAGA prevails in Tuesday’s primaries

by Lauren Bratton

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Trump-endorsed candidates fared well in Tuesday’s primary elections, reaffirming the support for the 45th president’s America First agenda.

In Oklahoma’s Republican primary, incumbent Reps. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., Stephanie Bice, Josh Brecheen, Tom Cole, and Kevin Hern sailed to victory. Lucas is running unopposed in the general election, guaranteeing a safe seat for Republicans. Bice will face off against Democratic candidate Madison Horn in November.

Brecheen will battle a Democratic and Independent candidate in the 2nd Congressional District in the general election, vying to win a second term in the House. Cole successfully fended off four other candidates on Tuesday night, receiving 64 percent of the vote. He will also face a Democratic and Independent challenger in November.

Hern trounced his GOP challenger with 86 percent of the vote and will face off against a Democrat and Independent in the general election.

In Georgia’s runoffs, Trump campaign adviser Brian Jack successfully defeated his opponent and will likely win in the solidly red 3rd Congressional District in November.

In Virginia, Incumbent Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Va., who has represented the state’s 1st Congressional District since 2007, ran uncontested in the GOP primary. Rep. Jen Kiggans will fight for a second term against her Democratic challenger in the key House swing seat race in November. Rep. Morgan Griffith, who has held his seat since 2011, ran unopposed but will face a Democratic challenger in the general election.

Rep. Ben Cline, who represents Virginia’s 6th Congressional District, also ran unopposed and will face a Democratic challenger in November to secure his fourth term in office.

Last but certainly not least, Senate candidate and challenger to two-term Senator Tim Kaine, Hung Cao, was victorious over his four opponents on Tuesday night. Since the 2022 mid-term election upset that shifted state control back to Republicans, the GOP believes that it is possible to defeat Kaine.

Democrats have far more Senate seats in jeopardy than Republicans in this cycle and could lose their majority hold over the upper chamber. Republicans are also aiming to maintain or increase their slim House majority.

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