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Primary night: Dems go for diversity, GOP for Trump choices

Steve Peoples and Kyle Potter, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 10:53pm

Democrats embraced diversity Tuesday in a primary night of firsts, while Republicans in Minnesota rejected a familiar face of the GOP old guard in favor of a rising newcomer aligned with President Donald Trump.

Steil, 'Iron Stache' to face off for Ryan seat in November

Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 10:45pm

Randy Bryce, a union ironworker known by the nickname "Iron Stache," won Tuesday's Democratic primary in the race to replace Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan in Wisconsin for a seat he's held 20 years.

Somali-American wins Minnesota Democratic US House primary

Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 10:44pm

Somali-American legislator Ilhan Omar neared another first Tuesday by winning the Democratic primary in a congressional race, while voters set the battlefield in two other Minnesota districts that could help determine which party controls the House.

Pawlenty's Minnesota loss caps political career with a thud

Kyle Potter, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 10:43pm

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's bid to win his old job back fizzled Tuesday as the two-time governor who had harshly criticized Donald Trump late in the 2016 presidential campaign failed to connect with an electorate that has shifted in the years since he last held office.

Vermont nominates 1st US transgender candidate for governor

Wilson Ring, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 10:29pm

A former Vermont utility executive on Tuesday became the first transgender candidate from a major political party to be nominated for governor, and she'll face the Republican incumbent, who survived a bitter backlash from his base over gun restrictions he supported.

Somali-American nears new historic mark with primary win

Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 10:17pm

The nation's first Somali-American state legislator is poised to set the same historic mark in Congress after winning a crowded Democratic primary Tuesday in Minnesota to replace Rep. Keith Ellison.

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders wins Vermont Democratic nod

Wilson Ring, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 10:15pm

Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders won Vermont's Democratic Senate primary on Tuesday but was expected to turn down the nomination, as he did in his previous campaigns, and support other Democratic candidates.

Evers wins Democratic primary, will face Walker

Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 9:21pm

Wisconsin state schools chief Tony Evers, a cancer survivor known for his even-keeled demeanor, won the Democratic primary for governor on Tuesday and will face Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November as he seeks a third term.

Nominees for Franken's Minnesota seat reflect #MeToo's rise

Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 8:09pm

The sudden downfall of Sen. Al Franken amid the rise of the #MeToo movement set the course for a two-woman race to finish his term, part of an unusual primary Tuesday featuring both of Minnesota's Senate seats on the same ballot.

Kansas governor concedes GOP primary to secretary of state

Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 8:04pm

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer conceded Tuesday evening in the state's Republican gubernatorial primary, saying he will endorse Secretary of State Kris Kobach a week after their neck-and-neck finish threatened to send the race to a recount.

Black schoolteacher beats longtime Wisconsin state lawmaker

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 11:09pm

A black woman who campaigned on improving education defeated a longtime Democratic state lawmaker in Tuesday's primary to take his seat representing the northern swath of Milwaukee County.

Corey wins Connecticut GOP nod for Senate, will face Murphy

Susan Haigh, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 9:53pm

Matthew Corey, a window washer and Hartford pub owner, won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Connecticut on Tuesday and will face an uphill battle against Democratic incumbent Chris Murphy.

Vermont Rep. Peter Welch wins Democratic nod, faces Paige

Wilson Ring, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 9:16pm

Peter Welch, Vermont's lone representative in the U.S. House, on Tuesday won the Democratic nomination to seek re-election in November, when he'll face perennial candidate H. Brooke Paige.

US Rep. Tim Walz wins three-way Democratic primary for Minnesota governor

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 9:11pm

US Rep. Tim Walz wins three-way Democratic primary for Minnesota governor.

County Commissioner Jeff Johnson defeats former two-term Gov. Tim Pawlenty in Republican primary for Minnesota governor

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 9:07pm

County Commissioner Jeff Johnson defeats former two-term Gov. Tim Pawlenty in Republican primary for Minnesota governor.

Businessman Bob Stefanowski wins GOP nomination for Connecticut governor in race to replace Democrat Dannel P. Malloy

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 8:57pm

Businessman Bob Stefanowski wins GOP nomination for Connecticut governor in race to replace Democrat Dannel P. Malloy.

Republican-endorsed state Sen. Leah Vukmir defeats former Marine Kevin Nicholson to win Wisconsin U.S. Senate primary

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 8:42pm

Republican-endorsed state Sen. Leah Vukmir defeats former Marine Kevin Nicholson to win Wisconsin U.S. Senate primary.

Ex-Meriden, Connecticut, Mayor Manny Santos wins GOP nod for House seat left by Esty, who bungled sex harassment claims

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 8:25pm

Ex-Meriden, Connecticut, Mayor Manny Santos wins GOP nod for House seat left by Esty, who bungled sex harassment claims.

Union ironworker Randy 'Iron Stache' Bryce wins Democratic primary in Wisconsin congressional race to replace Paul Ryan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 8:07pm

Union ironworker Randy 'Iron Stache' Bryce wins Democratic primary in Wisconsin congressional race to replace Paul Ryan.