Illinois and Ohio primaries 2024: Trump-backed Senate candidate prevails in Ohio primary

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It’s midnight Eastern and all but one of our key races have been screened in Ohio and Illinois. Here’s a summary of where things stand in those races:

– Former President Donald Trump flexed his muscles again in the Ohio Senate race, elevating former car salesman Bernie Moreno from a fellow 2022 candidate to Republican nominee in one of the top two Senate races on the map, beating out a super-rich state senator and a two-time state official in the process. But Moreno’s toughest road lies ahead, against incumbent and well-funded Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown. With 96 percent of the expected vote, Moreno leads with 51 percent of the vote, over state Sen. Matt Dolan’s 33 percent and Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s 17 percent.

– In Ohio District 9, Trump-backed conservative and House Speaker Mike Johnson, state Rep. Derek Merrin, is expected to win and is set to take on Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur in what could be a tough general election race. With 80 percent of the expected vote, Merrin won 52 percent of the vote, 18 percentage points ahead of his closest competition.

– In Ohio District 13In another potentially competitive Democratic-held seat, former state Sen. Kevin Coughlin advanced out of the Republican primary fairly easily and will face Democratic Rep. Emilia Sykes in November. With 80 percent of the expected vote, Coughlin leads with 65 percent of the vote so far, ahead of businessman Chris Banweg’s 28 percent and Richard Morckel’s 7 percent.

– The Republican Main Street Partnership scored a victory over its rivals in the House Freedom Caucus in Ohio’s 6th District, where state Sen. Michael Rulli is projected to defeat state Rep. Reggie Stoltzfus. Rulli currently leads by 9 points with 83 percent of the expected votes in the regular primaries, and by 8 points with 82 percent of the expected votes in the special election. Rulli will face a nominal challenge from Democrat Michael Kripchak on June 11 in the special election to replace Rep. Bill Johnson.

– In another safe Republican seat, Ohio’s Second District The Republican primary went to businessman David Taylor, who won a crowded race that amounted to an election in November. With 95 percent of the expected vote reported, Taylor leads with 25 percent of the expected vote over 10 other rivals.

– Even as several challengers line up to replace Democratic Rep. Danny Davis, the longtime incumbent is likely to retain his seat in Illinois District 7. With 76 percent of the votes expected, Davis leads with 53 percent of the votes so far. In second place is Chicago City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin with 22 percent, followed by community organizer Kina Collins with 18 percent. Collins was seen as Davis’s main competition tonight, and her disappointing performance was part of a difficult night for progressives in Chicago.

—Jacob Rubashkin, Internal Elections; Geoffrey Skelley and Monica Potts, 538

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