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Don Blankenship concedes West Virginia senate race

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West Virginia Republican Don Blankenship is conceding the Republican Senate nomination but remaining defiant until the end.
  
Blankenship said Tuesday that he "didn't get it done" and "failed West Virginians," but he warned that "the Republican Party needs to be careful about being hijacked."
  
Establishment Republicans and President Donald Trump warned voters not to back the retired coal executive who was released from prison last year for his role in a mine explosion that killed 29 men. More recently, he attacked the Asian heritage of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's wife.

Blankenship says he has "no idea" whether he lost votes because of President Donald Trump's tweet on Monday urging West Virginians to back either Morrisey or Jenkins. He says he has no plans to call Morrisey if he wins because he doesn't "know anything positive" he could say to him.

Blankenship tells a group of supporters that he still believes he was railroaded and mistreated by federal prosecutors.
  
The nomination still hasn't been called between Rep. Evan Jenkins and state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.


In other primary races around the county, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci has won the Republican primary to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown in Ohio this fall.
  
Renacci had the backing of President Donald Trump ahead of Tuesday's five-way contest. He started out running for governor, but said he switched to the Senate race with White House encouragement after Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel withdrew for personal reasons.


Independently wealthy businessman Mike Braun has beaten two sitting congressmen to become Indiana's Republican nominee for Senate.
  
Republican primary voters picked Braun to challenge Joe Donnelly, who is considered one of the Senate's most vulnerable Democrats.
  
The multimillionaire owns Meyer Distributing, a national auto parts distribution business.
  
Braun has campaigned on his business background and has pledged to bring back jobs that have been outsourced overseas.
  
But an Associated Press review of his business record found he regularly imports goods from foreign countries and has been sued by employees in three states over unpaid wages and poor working conditions


Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has won the Republican primary for governor, sending one of the state's best-known politicians into the fall contest to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. John Kasich.
  
DeWine's victory Tuesday leaves him damaged from a bitter and nasty primary in which Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor likened him to Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and questioned his loyalty to President Donald Trump.
  
The 71-year-old DeWine is a moderate Republican who served two terms in the U.S. Senate. But Taylor forced him to tack to the right to win the GOP nomination.


Obama-era consumer agency head Richard Cordray has won the Democratic nomination for Ohio governor despite a surprisingly rigorous challenge from former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich.
  
Tuesday's win by the former consumer watchdog under President Barack Obama buoys Democratic hopes of reclaiming control of a critical battleground state, where Republican Gov. John Kasich is term-limited.
  
Cordray led the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under Obama and President Donald Trump. He featured Obama in his ads and campaigned with Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who created the bureau.


Incumbent Joe Manchin has won the Democratic Senate primary in West Virginia, easily defeating challenger Paula Jean Swearengin.
  
With Manchin's win Tuesday, he'll seek a second six-year term in November. He'll try to hold onto his seat in a state that gave President Donald Trump his largest margin of victory in 2016.
  
Both Democrats and Republicans view November's election as key to Senate control.


Greg Pence has won the Republican primary for an Indiana congressional seat his younger brother, Vice President Mike Pence, once held for a dozen years.
  
He defeated four others Tuesday in the 6th District race, including Muncie businessman Jonathan Lamb. He'd argued that Greg Pence merely relied on his prominent name and dodged debates.
  
Pence raised nearly $1.2 million for his campaign thanks largely to the support of his brother, pro-Trump groups and top Republicans. 
  
Pence is a Marine veteran and owner of two antique malls who once ran the now-bankrupt chain of Tobacco Road convenience stores.

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