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Election 2022: Pennsylvania, North Carolina Hold Key Races

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RALEIGH, N.C. — U.S. Rep. Ted Budd has won a crowded Republican primary for retiring GOP Sen. Richard Burr’s seat in North Carolina.

Budd’s win can also be a victory for former President Donald Trump, who elevated the little-known congressman with a surprise endorsement nearly a 12 months ago. A brilliant PAC affiliated with the conservative Club for Growth spent tens of millions on ads supporting Budd and attacking his chief rival, former Gov. Pat McCrory, as too liberal.

McCrory was considered a moderate within the 14-candidate primary but is best known nationally for signing a “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people in 2016 that cost the state billions. Former U.S. Rep. Mark Walker also competed within the race.

Budd avoided a runoff by garnering greater than 30% of the vote in the first. He now advances to the November general election, where he’ll tackle Democrat Cheri Beasley, a former state Supreme Court chief justice. Beasley can be North Carolina’s first Black senator if elected within the Republican-leaning state.

Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Kentucky, Idaho and Oregon are holding primary elections Tuesday. Former President Donald Trump put his endorsement record on the road in two key Republican primaries for open U.S. Senate seats in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Voters in three states — Pennsylvania, Idaho and Oregon — are picking their nominees for governor.

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Follow all AP stories on the midterm elections at https://apnews.com/hub/2022-midterm-elections.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Cheri Beasley has won the North Carolina Democratic primary within the race to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Richard Burr.

The previous state Supreme Court chief justice defeated 10 other Democrats on Tuesday. Beasley can be North Carolina’s first Black U.S. senator if she wins in November.

Beasley became the Democratic front-runner as two key rivals bowed out last fall.

Beasley was elected to the state Court of Appeals in 2008. She was later appointed to the Supreme Court, won an election and was named chief justice by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper in 2019. In 2020, she lost a statewide election to stay chief justice by just 400 votes.

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Charles Booker has won the Democratic primary election for the U.S. Senate in his bid to stop a decadeslong winning streak by Kentucky Republicans.

Booker defeated three opponents within the Democratic primary. He’ll challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul within the November election.

The autumn campaign will feature sharply contrasting agendas. Paul promotes limited government while Booker supports sweeping health care and anti-poverty programs.

The Bluegrass State hasn’t elected a Democrat to the Senate since Wendell Ford in 1992.

Booker is back along with his “hood to the holler” campaign agenda after narrowly losing the Democratic Senate primary two years ago.

He promotes social programs similar to Medicare for All and a basic universal income. Booker says such proposals would uplift people across the Bluegrass State, including poor urban neighborhoods and struggling Appalachian towns.

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has won his party’s nomination in his quest for a 3rd term.

The libertarian-leaning Paul coasted to victory over five little-known challengers within the GOP Senate primary in Kentucky. Paul is a former presidential candidate who has gained a national voice in supporting limited government and a restrained foreign policy.

Kentucky hasn’t elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate since Wendell Ford in 1992.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the leading contender in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, said his pacemaker surgery was successful and he’s “on the right track for a full recovery” after suffering a stroke last week.

The 52-year-old Fetterman has said his stroke was attributable to atrial fibrillation, a form of irregular heartbeat that’s potentially serious but treatable. He tweeted an update after surgery Tuesday, saying “We got the all-clear that it was successful.”

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s office said Pennsylvania’s top-ranking state senator, Sen. Jake Corman, will take over as acting lieutenant governor while Fetterman recovers. Corman, a Republican, serves because the Senate’s president pro tempore. Fetterman can reassume his duties and powers 4 days after his office informs state lawmakers that he isn’t disabled.

Corman had been running within the GOP primary for governor but ended his campaign last week.

Fetterman is facing three other candidates within the race for the Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania’s open Senate seat. Republican Sen. Pat Toomey is retiring.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Printing mistakes will force local election officials in Pennsylvania and Oregon to redo hundreds of mailed ballots, a laborious process that might delay results for some closely contested races in Tuesday’s primaries.

In Pennsylvania, where GOP primaries for governor and U.S. Senate are drawing national attention, officials in Republican-leaning Lancaster County said the corporate that printed its mailed ballots included the fallacious ID code, which is stopping scanning machines from reading them. The glitch will force election staff to hand-mark fresh ballots.

In Oregon, where all registered voters receive a mailed ballot, officials in a single politically pivotal county are coping with an analogous problem. About half the ballots sent to voters in Clackamas County, included a blurry bar code that can not be read by ballot-scanning machines. Teams are duplicating every ballot in order that they may be scanned.

BRADDOCK, Pa. — Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the leading contender in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, is getting a pacemaker following last week’s stroke.

His campaign said Tuesday that Fetterman was “about to undergo a normal procedure” to get a pacemaker with a defibrillator. Campaign officials say the pacemaker will “protect his heart and address the underlying reason behind his stroke.”

Fetterman has said his stroke was attributable to atrial fibrillation, a form of irregular heartbeat that’s potentially serious but treatable.

The stroke put him within the hospital within the campaign’s closing days. The 52-year-old says he’s expected to make a full recovery.

Fetterman is facing three other candidates within the race for the Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania’s open Senate seat. Republican Sen. Pat Toomey is retiring.

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