MIAMI – The midterm elections kicked off Tuesday with an important step forward with primary contests in five states: Idaho, North Carolina, Oregon, Kentucky and Pennsylvania.
While all races are important, attention has turned to Pennsylvania, where a large batch of candidates want the seat vacated by Republican Sen. Pat Tommey, who announced his retirement.
And right in that state, John Fetterman won the Democratic primary for the Senate after overcoming a serious health problem, NBC News reported in its projections.
President Biden congratulated Fetterman saying that “Democrats are united around John”, whom he considered “a strong candidate, who will have a difficult campaign and who can win in November”.
Fetterman immediately appreciated Joe Biden’s words.
Fetterman will face the winner of a competitive Republican primary, the outcome of which is not yet known.
On the Republican side, Mehmet Oz is locked in a three-way fight for the Republican nomination with Dave McCormick and Kathy Barnette.
While Trump’s support cemented the candidacy of the popular Dr. Oz, the race is still hotly contested.
While state Sen. Doug Mastriano, a far-right Republican who garnered a large following seeking to overturn President Joe Biden’s win in Pennsylvania, is the Republican nominee for governor, NBC News projected.
On the Democratic side and for governor, state attorney Josh Shapiro won a primary in which he had no other contenders.
The Pennsylvania Department of State reported that “given the possibility of recounts and the need for official certifications, it is unlikely that the final results of all contests will be available tonight.”
NBC News named Cheri Beasley (D) as the winner in its projections of the Democratic primaries for the Senate in North Carolina.
Beasley, a former North Carolina Supreme Court justice, led a field of 11 candidates. Beasley could be the first black senator to represent the state in Congress.
While on the Republican side, NBC projected the victory of Ted Budd in his party’s primary for Senate, a candidate who has Trump’s support. According to projections, Budd beat Mark Waller, a former representative, and former Governor Pat McCrory, considered a moderate in the race.
Also in North Carolina, Chuck Edwards won the Republican nomination for House District 11, beating out Madison Cawthorn who was seeking re-election, according to NBC News projections.
In the Kentucky Senate primary election results, incumbent Republican Sen. Rand Paul is the projected to win, according to NBC News. On the Democratic side, progressive Charles Booker would be the winner, according to the same projections.
In the results of the Oregon gubernatorial primary, former House Speaker Tina Kotek won the Democratic nomination, according to NBC News projections.
Republicans still have 19 candidates competing to determine who will run against Kotek in November.
NBC News projected that Mike Crapo won the Republican primary for Senate in Idaho.
In addition, Republican Governor Brad Little beat his lieutenant governor in the Republican primary, Janice McGeachin, who was endorsed by former President Trump, as projected by NBC News.