Pennsylvania GOP Senate Contest Too Close to Call; John Fetterman Wins State’s Democratic Senate Primary

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John Fetterman, Pennsylvania’s Lt. Gov.

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This article originally appeared in The Wall Street Journal,

Democratic voters in Pennsylvania nominated Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, a prominent liberal with an untraditional personal style, to be his party’s nominee for an open US Senate seat, as five states cast primary ballots Tuesday.

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There was no resolution yet in the day’s marquee race: Pennsylvania’s Republican nomination for the Senate, with the winner to face Mr. Fetterman in November. Celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz had a narrow lead over former hedge-fund chief David McCormick in the GOP contest, while Kathy Barnette, a conservative commentator who made a late surge in public opinion pollswas well behind in third place.

In North Carolina, Republican voters chose Rep. Ted Budd as his nominee for an open Senate seatbut rejected a bid by gaffe-plagued Rep. Madison Cawthorn to return to the House.

The results in North Carolina showed both the power and limits to former President donald trump‘s ability to shape his party’s future. His endorsement gave Mr. Budd a boost, but couldn’t save Mr. Cawthorn after a series of missteps that had cost the 26-year-old freshman support from a range of voters and local GOP leaders.

Mr. Trump’s influence was being tested in several other Republican primaries Tuesday. In Pennsylvania, his favored candidate for governor, state Sen. Doug Mastriano, won the party nomination to replace Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who is term-limited.

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