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Dems Expected to Avoid Primaries in Battlegrounds

Manchin does face a Democratic challenger.

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Kimberly Railey
Jan. 2, 2018, 11:20 a.m.

“In a remarkable development, none of the party’s 11 battleground incumbents — those in states Republicans have targeted — is set to face a serious threat from the left this year. That includes the 10 Democratic incumbents running in states Donald Trump won in 2016, who have quelled progressive rage despite relatively moderate backgrounds. Senate Democrats are even likely to dodge chaotic primaries in a trio of competitive states—Arizona, Tennessee, and Nevada—held by Republicans, the kind of races that usually draw a litany of challengers. Instead of bracing for a potentially damaging fight, the party has already settled on a de-facto nominee in each.”

“Wanting to win in November is part of the reason for the dearth of primaries, liberal leaders say, because even if many progressives want to remake the Democratic Party, they’re even more compelled to defeat Trump any way they can.”

“Democrats list a variety of other reasons Democrats face so few primaries in the Senate, including that a recent series of difficult elections has left the party with few candidates who can realistically run major Senate races.”

“Some Democratic incumbents do technically face primary challenges: Paula Jean Swearengin earned a flurry of media attention when she announced her challenge to” Sen. Joe Manchin (D) “in West Virginia last year. But through September she had raised only $200,000, and liberal groups tracking her campaign said she had yet to do enough to earn their support.” (McClatchy)

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