Primary Election Day 2018: Results, Live Blog From Key Races in West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina

UPDATE: 10:40 p.m. EDT—Patrick Morrisey has been projected by the AP as the winner of the hotly contested Republican primary for U.S. Senate in West Virginia. Morrisey got the better of fellow congressman Evan Jenkins and the outsider coal baron Don Blankenship.

UPDATE: 10:10 p.m. EDT—Blankenship has now conceded. "I did what I could do help the state get out of the 50th position in the economy and out of the first position in drug overdoses," he said.

UPDATE: 10:07 p.m. EDT—CNN has projected that Blankenship will lose his bid for the Republican nomination in the race for West Virginia's Senate seat. Asked about his defeat, Blankenship said he had "no idea" whether he lost because of Trump's tweet urging voters to cast their ballot for either of his two main opponents, Morrisey and Jenkins.

UPDATE: 9:40 p.m. EDT—Trump's rejection of Blankenship looks set to pay dividends and the president has also scored a victory Tuesday with his endorsement of Jim Renacci. The congressman has been projected as the winner to take on Democrat Sherrod Brown for his Ohio Senate seat in November.

UPDATE: 9:30 p.m. EDT—Blankenship's path to victory now looks nearly nonexistent. With almost half of the precincts reporting in West Virginia, the anti-establishment, "Trumpier than Trump" candidate remains trailing back on 20 percent. Morrisey's lead over Jenkins, though, has narrowed to four percentage points, according to ABC News.

UPDATE: 9:10 p.m. EDT—Republicans look set to be able to breathe a sigh of relief on Tuesday night. With 31 percent of precincts reporting, Don Blankenship is still a solid third place in voting for the GOP nomination to vie for Joe Manchin's West Virginia Senate seat, according to ABC News. Morrisey leads the way on 35 percent, with Evan Jenkins on 28 percent.

UPDATE: 8:50 p.m. EDT—Mike Braun has been projected by the AP has the winner of the Republican primary in Indiana and will now take on one of the most vulnerable Democrats, Joe Donnelly, in November.

UPDATE: 8:40 p.m. EDT—Some significant projections now being made. In Ohio, Richard Cordray is being projected by the AP as the winner over challenger Dennis Kucinich to get the Democratic nomination for Ohio governor. On the Republican side, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has been projected as the victor.

UPDATE: 8:34 p.m. EDT—You can read a profile of Greg Pence, the brother of Vice President Mike Pence, who won his race Tuesday here.

UPDATE: 8:12 p.m. EDT—Braun, a businessman who has portrayed himself as a Trump-like outsider, continues to hold a solid lead over his two congressmen rivals to get the Republican nomination for a Senate seat in Indiana.

UPDATE: 7:55 p.m. EDT—In the keenly watched race to become the Democratic nominee for Ohio governor, it appears that the Elizabeth Warren-backed Richard Cordray is going to get the better of Dennie Kucinich, who has been backed by supporters of independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

UPDATE: 7:35 p.m. EDT—Polls have now closed in North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia. In Indiana, with 19 percent of the precincts reporting, ABC News is giving Mike Braun a solid lead over Congressmen Luke Messer and Todd Rokita to take on Joe Donnelly for his Senate seat.

UPDATE: 7:25 p.m. EDT— The first significant result of the night is in with the Associated Press announcing Greg Pence as the winner of the Republican nomination for the Indiana congressional seat once held by his brother and current Vice President Mike Pence.

UPDATE: 7:15 p.m. EDT—Don Blankenship, on whom much of the attention will fall on Tuesday night, has spent election day not campaigning but rather getting fitted for a new suit, according to CNN reporter Dan Merica.

"I am going to need a new suit for the general, he reportedly told his aides, and his tailor.

UPDATE: 7:05 p.m. EDT—Polls have already closed in many parts of Indiana and will close in West Virginia, North Carolina and Ohio at 7.30 EDT.

Original Story:
The first big night of primary results ahead of the 2018 midterms will take place Tuesday as voters go to the polls in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia. Much of the attention will be centered on the race to become the Republican pick to challenge take Democrat Joe Manchin for his West Virginia Senate seat.

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As is the case with many of the Republican races Tuesday, the election will reveal much about the landscape for the GOP under President Donald Trump heading into the midterms, when Democrats are eyeing taking back control of both the Senate and the House. Establishment Republicans have become increasingly nervous that coal baron Don Blankenship, who spent a year in jail over his role in a mining disaster, could upset his two more mainstream opponents, Congressman Evan Jenkins and state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

Blankenship's campaign has featured attacks on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as "cocaine Mitch" and racially tinged insults toward the family of his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

The unease prompted Trump to weigh in personally in recent days, urging voters in West Virginia to vote for Blankenship, although he failed to put his support behind either Jenkins or Morrisey. In response, Blankenship said that he was "Trumpier than Trump."

But there are bruising Trump-themed Republican primaries elsewhere, too, that could impact the GOP's chances of ousting Democratic incumbents in states carried by Trump in 2016.

In Indiana, sitting Congressmen Luke Messer and Todd Rokita, along with businessman Mike Braun, have been dueling for the right to take on Joe Donnelly in November by claiming to be the most supportive of the president's agenda.

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Voters head into the polls outside the Tridelphia Middle School polling place on May 8, 2018 in Wheeling, West Virginia. West Virginia voters headed to the polls Tuesday to vote in the Spring primaries. Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

Ohio will also be watched closely for primaries to decide who goes forward to fight for the position of governor, which will be vacated by the termed-out John Kasich. Finally, in North Carolina, several contests will decide the nominees for House seats that could play a major role in deciding the look of the chamber in November.

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