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Trump Predicts 'Red Wave' After Primary Victories

Trump Predicts 'Red Wave' After Primary Victories

By    |   Wednesday, 08 August 2018 12:52 PM

President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday "5 for 5!" — heralding Republican victories in key congressional and governor's races Tuesday — and predicted a "red wave" in November if he campaigned or backed GOP candidates in their midterm contests.

"If I find the time — in between China, Iran, the economy and much more, which I must— we will have a giant red wave," Trump predicted in series of Twitter posts.

"The Republicans have now won eight out of nine House seats, yet if you listen to the fake news media, you would think we are being clobbered," Trump said in another tweet. "So unfair to the Republican Party and in particular, your favorite president."

In Tuesday's races, five Republican candidates endorsed by Trump won, though Ohio state Sen. Troy Balderson claimed victory in the special election race despite a razor-thin lead of 1,754 votes over Democratic Franklin County Recorder Danny O'Connor.

More than 8,000 provisional and absentee ballots remain to be counted in the race.

In the Kansas gubernatorial race, Secretary of State Kris Kobach held an even tighter lead — 191 votes by Wednesday morning — over incumbent Democratic Gov. Jeff Colyer.

The race might not be called for several days, according to news reports.

Other winners Tuesday who were endorsed by Trump include:

  • Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, who beat 10 contenders to win the chance to deny embattled Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill at third term in November.
  • Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, who beat three challengers and will face Democratic former state Sen. Gretchen Whitmer in the November race for governor.
  • John James, a Detroit businessman and Iraqi War veteran, who handily won another Michigan primary race, and will take on Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow this fall. James, who is African American, is a political newcomer.
  • Kansas incumbent Rep. Ron Estes, who defeated challenger Ron M. Estes, and will again face Democrat James Thompson, whom he narrowly defeated in a 2017 special House election. Thompson is a veteran and supporter of Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders.

In addition, incumbent Kansas Rep. Roger Marshall beat restaurant owner and former police officer Nick Reinecker in his primary race.

His Democratic opponent in November will be educator Alan LaPolice.

In June, Republicans also won congressional primaries: Danny Tarkanian for the House in Nevada and Kevin Cramer for the Senate in North Dakota.

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President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday "5 for 5!" — heralding Republican victories in key congressional and governor's races Tuesday — and predicted a "red wave" in November if he campaigned or backed GOP candidates in their midterm contests.
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