Voters picked candidates for U.S. Senate races in three states last night.
Former Senator Dan Coats “won the Republican nomination for Indiana’s open U.S. Senate seat on Tuesday, moving closer to a political comeback after being out of office for 12 years,” the Times of Northwest Indiana reports.
Coats beat four other Republicans during Indiana’s primary election — including state Sen. Marlin Stutzman and former Rep. John Hostettler — to win the GOP nomination for the seat being vacated by Democrat Evan Bayh.
He will face “Rep. Brad Ellsworth, a conservative Democrat who will be formally nominated by the Democratic central committee May 15.”
Democratic U.S. Senate candidates “Elaine Marshall and Cal Cunningham will settle their campaign rivalry in a head-to-head runoff, with neither able to dominate the vote in a crowded North Carolina primary election that drew lackluster turnout Tuesday,” the Herald-Sun reports.
Marshall, North Carolina’s secretary of state for more than a decade, led with 37 percent in unofficial returns Tuesday night. Cunningham, an Army veteran and former state senator who drew the support of the party’s Washington establishment, trailed by 10 percentage points. Chapel Hill attorney Ken Lewis was in third with 17 percent.
A candidate needed “40 percent of the vote to win the nomination outright. The winner of next month’s runoff will face Republican Sen. Richard Burr, who easily defeated his three challengers.”
Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher “defeated Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner for the Democratic Party nomination for U.S. Senate,” the Dayton Daily News reports.
Fisher will take on former Republican Congressman Rob Portman in November.
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