US Republicans, Democrats feel out voters' mood as four states hold primaries


Those who voted on the Democratic side outnumbered those who picked from the Republican slate, 157,551 to 133,048.

Officials opened all 28 precincts to voters Tuesday morning, following a more than two-week one-stop early voting period that showcased low participation, foreshadowing Primary Election Day.

With such a crowded ballot consisting of 27 candidates for Governor, 11 for Lt. Governor, eight for Secretary of State and no less than three and as many as five for five other state offices, plus 32 candidates for U.S. Senator and six for U.S. Representative, then the State Assembly and State and county schools.

Registered voters who are not affiliated with a political party (nonpartisan) can still vote for U.S. Senate and Congressional candidates by requesting a nonpartisan party ballot.

"That excitement is going through Allen County and all of the third district". The issue won 75 percent of the statewide vote. Blankenship says no one will tell West Virginians how to vote. Turnout is likely to be less than 30 percent.

Renacci may have easily won his primary in OH, but the fact that unknown businessman Bob Gibbons got 32% could be a red flag. Results for the full sample have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points, it is 3.8 points for the subset of 901 registered voters.

House Republicans surveying the midterm election landscape are sharpening their message and assessing their standing with voters after watching their colleagues' wipeout in high-profile primary elections this week. Democrat Kendra Fershee won the 1st Congressional nomination, while in the 2nd Congressional district, Talley Sergent earned the Democratic nomination.

"Ohio Republicans came out in force yesterday to register their displeasure with Sherrod Brown and his record of putting far-left politics ahead of the interests of his constituents", National Republican Senate Committee Spokesman Bob Salera said in a news release.

"Statistically, there was no surge in voting in the Democratic primary", Dawson said. She defeated Wheeling lawyer Ralph Baxter, winning 48 percent of the vote.

Tuesday's numbers can't be compared directly to 2016's, said Mike Dawson, a Republican strategist and expert on OH elections statistics.

Ohio Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine addresses supporters after winning the primary election, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. The Democratic Party as a whole is viewed more positively than the Republican Party: 44% have a favorable take on the Democrats, 39% on the Republicans. Money, who has served two terms in the House, was unopposed in this year's Republican primary.

Republican Sherri Ybarra is asking for voters to re-elect her to state superintendent, as she faces a challenger in the GOP primary.

County elections staff, who said they expected a turnout similar to previous primary elections, said the small number of races on the ballot - County Democrats had just one - was a contributing factor.