From Nebraska and West Virginia
Primaries gets dual winners & losers


A former President’s influence in the eyes of Republican voters was again tested this week
when primary elections took place throughout two states: Nebraska in addition to West Virginia.

Due to the Republican state lean in both states, The most competitive races were held in the
GOP primary, particularly Nebraska’s gubernatorial race and the West Virginia House race
which pitted incumbents against incumbents.

In contrast to the last week’s primary elections, Trump’s endorsement was met with mixed
results this time around.

These are winners as well as losers of this year’s Nebraska as well as West Virginia primaries.

Winner: Donald Trump

After having helped propel all 22 candidates he supported during the primaries last week in the
race to win, Trump was put through a major challenge to his power on Tuesday.

All of his endorsements during week Two were viewed as telling: those from the businessman
Charles Herbster for Nebraska governor and the incumbent Rep. Alex Mooney in West Virginia.

Herbster lost, but Mooney won. The reality that almost all of his primary candidates have been
successful has him as an overall winning week. However, the Nebraska outcome is a crucial
reminder that his endorsement doesn’t guarantee victory.

After the returns were in, it became evident that the scandal-ridden Herbster had a slight
advantage over his two opponents the hog farmer in the state of Nebraska and University of
Nebraska regent Jim Pillen who eventually took the victory and was backed by term-limited
Republican Governor. Pete Ricketts, and State Sen. Brett Lindstrom.

Although Herbster himself declared that the race was an indirect fight against Trump along with
his fellow members of the GOP mainstream, the defeat could not really reveal much about the
position of the GOP. Instead, it’s the outcome that could be expected from the candidate with a
history of problems who was blasted by a well-known Republican governor.

Herbster has been accused of being accused of groping the woman of eight He has denied the
allegations, describing them as an attack by an element of the Republican Establishment. In
addition, he was scrutinized because he was in the same room with members of his Trump
family at the time of the insurrection of January 6. Ricketts went as far as the state of Nebraska
to declare Herbster ineligible for the office of governor.

Within West Virginia, Trump’s backing was seen as helping Rep. Alex Mooney in the primary for
the 2nd congressional district in which he was battling against incumbent Rep. David McKinley.
Both were forced to participate in the primary after population loss and redistricting joined their

Trump has endorsed Mooney after McKinley was a supporter of the bipartisan infrastructure bill
as well as for the establishment of an independent commission to conduct an investigation the
January 6. Mooney quickly took the support of the former president as the gist of his campaign
using it to fight questions about the possibility of an ethics probe into campaign finance and
allegations that Mooney had been a carpetbagger (though Mooney has represented West
Virginia since 2015, Mooney was once the head of his own party, the Maryland GOP).

Mooney’s victory can be read as a reflection of the enduring power of Trump. Still, the reality
that Trump took on a popular incumbent Republican governor, and lost, isn’t a good sign for his
chances in the forthcoming primary elections, including in Georgia where Trump has supported
a former US Senator. David Perdue to challenge Governor. Brian Kemp.

Loser: Bipartisanship

Although each of Mooney, as well as McKinley, are fairly conservative, McKinley was known for
his more partisan positions than his fellow. In the past, for instance, McKinley was one of the 13
Republicans that voted in favor of an infrastructure law that was bipartisan. He was also one of
the 35 Republicans who approved creating an independent commission to look into the
insurrection that took place on January 6.

McKinley’s track record — which includes his infrastructure votes has also prompted Senator.
Joe Manchin (D-WV) not just endorsed McKinley, but also participated in a campaign ad that
endorsed McKinley.

Surveys have revealed that the majority of voters, and at least certain Republican supporters,
favor bipartisan governing. However, his decision to vote the more bipartisan vote doesn’t
appear to aid McKinley who ended up defeating the presidential primary Mooney by a significant

While campaigning, Mooney was adamant about Republicans who supported the bill to build
infrastructure in line with Trump’s rhetoric, asserting that the bill was a “sellout.” McKinley,
however, stressed how important the state’s bridges and roads required funding, due to the fact
that West Virginia has historically relied on federal funds to fund the projects.

In the final analysis, this style of the campaign didn’t be popular with sufficient Republican
voters, which suggests that in this particular district, at the very most, Trump’s endorsement
over McKinley’s dedication to the policies.

“The big lie”

Like numerous GOP primaries for secretary of state contests across the nation in the past, this
time around, the primary aspect of Nebraska’s contest was Trump’s 2020 election deceit. The
incumbent Secretary of State Bob Evnen, who has rejected Trump’s false claims of the election
was rigged, was able to fend off two candidates who are Robert Borer and Rex Schroder — who
incorrectly claim Trump was the winner of the 2020 election.

Both have accused Even of denying Biden of an electoral vote because of fraud among the
voters in the 2nd congressional district of the state. In reality, Biden won the district with 22,000
votes. Even claims that his office has investigated every case of suspected fraud among voters,
but found there was no ” validity or merit to any of them.”

The victory of Even isn’t an endorsement for voting rights but it is a win for voting rights. Similar
to other Republicans who haven’t been willing to support Trump’s falsehoods about his election,
Even still sought to make the base feel better by his acceptance of the GOP refers to as
“election integrity” measures. For example, he has backed legislation that was passed earlier in
the year which enhances the ballot drop box security. He has also stated that he is in favor of
more stringent voting ID requirements.

The winner: A leading Democratic candidate in a high-priority race

Despite what’s expected to be a shaky election for Democrats generally There are some
positives in 9 red House districts in which Biden was a candidate in the 2020 election. The most
notable of these is Nebraska’s 2nd District which has maintained its competitiveness for
Democrats following redistricting.

State Senator. Tony Vargas prevailed in the Democratic primary against the mental health
specialist Alisha Shelton. He will now face current Republican Rep. Don Bacon in the autumn.
The result keeps Democrat’s hope of flipping the district intact.

Although the Democratic establishment did not pick an official candidate, Vargas was generally
seen as the most powerful candidate because he has the experience of a legislator in
government. He’s been a member of the Omaha Public Schools Board as well. In the primary,
he emphasized his bipartisan record while as a state senator.

Vargas was also an effective fundraiser, racking up more than one million in comparison to
Shelton’s $300,000.

The NE-02 race was won by Biden by six percentage points in 2020 however Bacon was also
elected to the district in that same year, so Vargas will not run a smooth race in front of him.
However, he’s leaving this primary in a strong position to aid Democrats in fighting to keep the
House majority.