How Ambitious House Members Are Faring

Five have lost primaries for statewide office.

Rep. Diane Black, R-Tn., attends a meeting with President Donald Trump in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, July 17, 2018, in Washington. Trump says he meant the opposite when he said in Helsinki that he doesn't see why Russia would have interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections.
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Kyle Trygstad
Aug. 3, 2018, 10:17 a.m.

Republican Rep. Diane Black became the fifth House member to lose a primary for statewide office with her third-place finish Thursday in Tennessee.

Preceding Black was a fellow governor contender, Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho, and a trio of Senate candidates, Reps. Evan Jenkins of West Virginia and Todd Rokita and Luke Messer of Indiana.

While the losses have stacked up, twice as many have already advanced to general elections. That includes four for governor—Reps. Kristi Noem of South Dakota, Jared Polis of Colorado, and Michelle Lujan Grisham and Steve Pearce of New Mexico—and six for the Senate—Reps. Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, Beto O’Rourke of Texas, Jim Renacci of Ohio, and Jacky Rosen of Nevada.

And while all five losers have so far been Republicans, Democrats are also facing some competitive primaries ahead. Rep. Tim Walz is in a competitive governor primary in Minnesota, Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is challenging Hawaii Gov. David Ige, and Reps. Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Sean Patrick Maloney of New York are in crowded attorney general races.

Others to watch are GOP Reps. Ron DeSantis and Martha McSally, who are vying for Florida governor and senator from Arizona, respectively.

-- Kyle Trygstad


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