Mike Braun emerged victorious in the GOP Senate primary in Indiana, triumphing over two members of Congress in a bitter contest that turned into a wrestling match over which of them was most committed to President Trump.
The elections Tuesday in Indiana, as well as in North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia, were the first of 11 primaries slated to take place this month that will be the latest tests of the anti-establishment fervor that helped power Mr. Trump into The White House.
“Tonight, Hoosiers spoke loud and clear — they want a conservative outsider representing them in the U.S. Senate and I am grateful to have their support,” Mr. Braun said after winning the Indiana primary. “From the beginning our message has been pretty simple — we need more outsiders and less career politicians in Washington. More folks that have done something in the real world.”
The night featured dozens of legislative and congressional primary races, and three high-profile Senate primaries that will set the stage for some of the most-anticipated contests in Trump country this fall.
Mr. Trump’s influence was felt in several races, most notably in West Virginia, where former imprisoned coal baron Don Blankenship’s insurgent bid fell flat after Mr. Trump warned voters against supporting him.
Mr. Blankenship finished third, well behind Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who won the nomination, and second-place finisher Rep. Evan Jenkins.
Mr. Renacci will square off in November with Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat who is seeking a third term.Trump and in lockstep with the Democrats,” Mr. Braun said.The National Republican Senate Committee congratulated Mr. Braun, saying the general election will offer a clear contrast between the two candidates.“Mike Braun will provide President Trump with a new partner